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When should you travel between Christmas and New Years Eve?

When should you travel between Christmas and New Years Eve?
AAA forecasts an impressive 115.2 million Americans will travel over 50 miles from home during the 10-day year-end holiday period, marking a 2.2% increase from last year and the second highest figure since tracking began ... more
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Finger Lakes gas prices decline over holiday weekend, but remain above national average

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Gas prices in the Finger Lakes region experienced a notable decline during the Thanksgiving week, offering a slight reprieve to travelers during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. According to AAA, the ... more
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Ithaca Tompkins International Airport set to resume nonstop flights to Washington D.C.

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport set to resume nonstop flights to Washington D.C.
Travelers in Central New York will soon enjoy enhanced connectivity to the nation's capital, thanks to a significant federal grant awarded to Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. The airport has received $750,000 in federal funding aimed ... more
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Record number of Americans set to travel for Thanksgiving

Record number of Americans set to travel for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Travel Surge: Over 55 Million Americans on the Move AAA forecasts a significant rise in Thanksgiving travel this year, with 55.4 million Americans planning to venture 50 miles or more from home. This 2.3% ... more
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The Growth of Tourism in the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism
The Finger Lakes region, located in upstate New York, is a compelling and scenic location with a major increase in tourism over the years. The region consists of eleven long, thin lakes created by glacial ... more
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Fall foliage near peak across the Finger Lakes region

Fall foliage near peak across the Finger Lakes region
According to the latest 2023 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report, the Finger Lakes region is showcasing vibrant fall colors, with most areas nearing their peak foliage conditions. Observers in Ontario County's Naples report close ... more
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Wayne County celebrates 26th annual apple tasting tour

Wayne County celebrates 26th annual apple tasting tour
Wayne County is ringing in the fall with its 26th annual apple tasting tour, inviting families to journey through 10 distinctive apple orchards. As part of the tour, attendees can savor diverse apple varieties and ... more
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Ontario County Chamber of Commerce will not relocate

Ontario County Chamber of Commerce will not relocate
After intending to relocate, the Ontario County Chamber of Commerce (ONChamber) has decided to remain at its current 113-117 South Main Street location in Canandaigua. In June, the Chamber had listed its property for sale, ... more
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Seneca County seeks resident feedback on local tourism impact

Tourism officials say travel, spending is rebounding in Finger Lakes, Central New York
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce is inviting local residents to voice their opinions on the effects of the tourism industry on the region. Through a concise six-minute survey, the Chamber aims to gather insights ... more
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New York tourism thrives in 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic highs

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism
New York's tourism sector witnessed a remarkable rebound in 2022, not only matching pre-COVID-19 levels but also setting new records, as revealed by Gov. Kathy Hochul's office. Last year, the state welcomed a historic 291.5 ... more
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New Thruway rest area in Victor opens with Dunkin’, Popeyes, and convenience store

New Thruway rest area in Victor opens with Dunkin’, Popeyes, and convenience store
The New York State Thruway Authority unveiled the newly renovated Seneca Service Area in Victor, NY, marking the 11th location to welcome travelers amid a $450 million project aiming to revamp all 27 Thruway rest ... more
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Watkins Glen Chamber celebrates Schuyler Tributes winners

Watkins Glen Chamber celebrates Schuyler Tributes winners
The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Schuyler Tributes Award Winners during its annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, August 23 at the Seneca Lake Events Center. Over 100 local dignitaries and businesses attended ... more
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Seneca County Chamber of Commerce needs $500,000 for Tyre HQ project

Seneca County Chamber of Commerce needs 0,000 for Tyre HQ project
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce faces financial hurdles in realizing its dream of converting a historic house into its new headquarters and a visitors center. Chamber President Jeff Shipley tells the Finger Lakes Times ... more
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Gas prices soar amid summer travel boom

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Gas prices in New York State have surged by nearly 10 cents in the past week, standing at an average of $3.90 per gallon as of now. This increase, reportedly driven by a high demand ... more
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Study advocates for new hotel locations near Emerson Park, Owasco Lake

Study advocates for new hotel locations near Emerson Park, Owasco Lake
A draft study conducted by REVPAR International, a hospitality advisory firm, has identified two potential sites near Emerson Park and Owasco Lake for the development of a new hotel in the Auburn area. According to ... more
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Finger Lakes region fulfills criteria to receive National Heritage Area designation

Finger Lakes region fulfills criteria to receive National Heritage Area designation
The National Park Service (NPS) has determined that the Finger Lakes region fulfills the criteria for a national heritage area (NHA) designation. The region, spanning 14 counties in total, underwent a feasibility study assessing its ... more
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Cayuga County tourism office wins prestigious awards

Cayuga County tourism office wins prestigious awards
The Cayuga County Office of Tourism has been recognized by the New York State Tourism Industry Association with two major awards. One of these is the Excellence in Young Professional Leadership Award, which was given ... more
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Lakeside Trolley coming to Watkins Glen soon

Lakeside Trolley coming to Watkins Glen soon
The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce announced a Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Lakeside Trolley, a new transportation service. The opening celebration, scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2023, coincides with the Chamber's Summer Rendezvous event ... more
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Cayuga County tourism prepares for major rebound in 2023

Cuomo waives fishing fees, cuts park prices to help tourism in flooded Lake Ontario areas
As Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and the tourism season in the Finger Lakes, Auburn and Cayuga County are poised to see visitor numbers bounce back to pre-pandemic levels. Gillian Sears from the ... more
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