Mar 17, 2023
Dylan Carey, Greenway Program Director at Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), will speak on New York's Great Outdoors on Thursday afternoon as part of the 2023 NYS Tourism Conference held in Oswego, NY on April 19-21. Dylan will focus on the greenway trail network - specifically highlighting the Erie Canalway Trail and the Empire State Trail - sharing some of the resources available to promote these amenities and highlight ways that tourism agencies can help local communities make sure they’re ready to welcome these visitors.
The Empire State Trail is a popular resource, (the Erie Canalway Trail alone receives more than 3 million visitors annually) and attracts bicycle tourists from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, contributing $253 million per year to the state’s economy. Getting these tourists to spend money in a community doesn’t just happen - the communities need to be ready to facilitate it!
- Learn about the nation’s longest multi-use trail and where to connect with potential visiting bicycle tourists
- Gain insight into the factors that can influence a tourist to spend money in a community.
Dylan Carey has been the Greenway Program Director for Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) since 2019. Dylan leads PTNY’s greenways and trails work, including PTNY’s involvement in the Genesee Valley Trail Town Initiative, and managing the Canalway Trail Partnership, a set of programs designed to promote and steward the Erie Canalway Trail and Empire State Trail system. Dylan is enthusiastic about the growth of the state's greenway trail network and works to advocate for and to support the development of greenway trails through the implementation of New York’s first ever statewide Greenway Trails plan. Dylan is a native of upstate New York and grew up bicycling on the Erie Canalway Trail and with a passion for New York’s unique history.
Greenway Program Director
Parks & Trails New York
About Parks & Trails New York
Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is New York’s leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. With thousands of members and supporters across the state, PTNY is a leading voice in the protection of New York’s magnificent state park system and the creation and promotion of more than 1,500 miles of greenways, bike paths, river walks, and trails.