YOU can make a difference! Make tourism advocacy a part of your daily mission. Whether you are meeting with local residents, businesses, civic, corporate or elected leadership, you should be the missionary be 'preaching the gospel' of tourism and rallying support for the cause.
Tourism growth drives economic growth, job creation, small business success, increased local and state tax revenues, improved quality of life and pride of place. The multitude of ways tourism growth benefits our state and our local communities is a great and largely untold story. Don't simply ask for support for tourism, make a case by asking for support for the great outcomes that tourism growth can deliver!
Tourism is BIG BUSINESS! Tourism has grown to be New York's third largest private sector industry, supporting 957,800 jobs in 2018 and generating BILLION$ in direct sales ($71.8 billion), economic impact ($114.8 billion) and tax revenues ($8.9 billion).
Don't argue for support... INFORM! Our greatest asset in tourism advocacy is our ability to provide a strong, reasoned and logical case that tourism investments generate real financial returns for New York State and its residents:
Quotes: September of 2019
Empire State Development Chairman Howard Zemsky said, "Our strategic investments in tourism attractions, promotion and infrastructure are paying dividends by welcoming more visitors than ever to New York State, and generating economic growth that supports jobs and communities across the state."
New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "New York State's significant investments in tourism coupled with the efforts of tourism partners all across the state make for an unstoppable combination. These historic numbers are evidence that our strategic efforts are succeeding like never before in positioning New York State as the ultimate vacation destination for visitors from around the world."
TOURISM FACTS AT A GLANCE
Tourism brought a record-high 253 million visitors to New York State in 2018 and they had a major economic impact.
*Credit Empire State Development, https://esd.ny.gov/industries/tourism
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & ADVOCACY RESOURCES
For a complete listing of the NYS Division of Tourism Staff, click the link below:
LEGISLATIVE BILL TRACKER:
To look up current New York State legislation by bill number or keyword (i.e. "tourism") http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/leg/
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