Tourism

New York News
11:58 am
Fri May 23, 2014

President Obama Touts Tourism In Cooperstown

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

President Obama paid a visit to Cooperstown Thursday. In a speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the nation’s most prominent White Sox fan focused on the importance of the travel and tourism economy. 

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New York News
6:45 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Governor Promotes Winter Tourism With Adirondack Challenge

Adirondack Winter Challenge
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Lake Placid was filled with state legislators, regional and local officials and their families Sunday. They had accepted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's challenge to try winter sports activities available in the North Country in order to showcase upstate recreational tourism opportunities.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

New Adirondack Digital Tourism Platforms Unveiled

Credit Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages

Adirondack tourism interests have launched two new digital platforms to entice people to visit the region.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Winter Carnival Brings A Surge Of Tourists To Adirondack Village

Credit Mark Kurtz / Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival concludes this weekend with a parade through the village and fireworks above an ice palace. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of annual event to the village and surrounding Adirondack communities.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Some Saratoga Businesses Not Fretting Over Race Track Admission Increases

Last week, the New York Racing Association’s Board of Trustees voted 10-1 to raise admission fees at Belmont and Saratoga. General admission would raise from $3 to $5, and a seat in the clubhouse go from $5 to $8.

NYRA Board member Rick Violette said he thought it was possible the increase could keep some racing fans away, but it’s necessary.

“It’s never the right time to raise prices, it’s never a time to ask for more money – but we are running a business, and sometimes you have to bite the bullet and raise prices.”

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New England News
12:34 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Holiday Lights Shine In City Park

Credit Spirit of Springfield

A switch will be thrown at 5 this evening to illuminate the largest holiday light display in the Northeast.  Bright Nights in Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts is beginning its 19th year.  It is just one of several events and activities that will be produced during the next month by Spirit of Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the non-profit organization’s president Judy Matt

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New York News
4:25 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Officials Announce Reopening Of Historic Hudson River Bridge

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

National, state, and local officials gathered in the Saratoga County town of Northumberland today to mark the completed restoration of an historic bridge that connects a system of recreational trails.

The crowd gathered on the newly refurbished Dix Bridge spanning the Hudson River between Greenwich and Northumberland, connecting Washington and Saratoga Counties. The original structure was constructed in 1895, and since 2009 local organizations and municipalities have worked to transform the aging span into an accessible walkway open to pedestrians, cyclists and snowmobilers.

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New England News
1:23 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Weekend of Events in the Berkshires

The Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock. Tours at the state reservation are among many events in What's Out There Weekend Berkshires.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Events across the Berkshires this weekend are garnering some national attention.

Charles Birnbaum is the president and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Created in 1998, the organization aims to teach people how to identify and appreciate landscape and landscape architecture.

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New York News
6:15 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Seasonal Businesses Gearing Up For Last Hurrah Of Summer

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, businesses in the Southern Adirondacks are preparing for one last hurrah for the summer season, and a transition to lead the months ahead. 

Labor Day weekend is traditionally seen as the end to the summer season. School starts and the large crowds disappear, but while many are hoping for a strong showing on one last long weekend under the sun, some are also looking ahead to the cooler months.

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New York News
2:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Despite Slower Start, Many Confident Saratoga Tourism Will Improve

Recent reports show that the 2013 racing season at the Saratoga Race Course was facing lower levels of attendance over last year in the several days after its July 19th opening.

The Albany Times Union reported that on an opening day with temperatures above 90 degrees, track attendance was down 15 percent from the previous year’s opening day. The slump continued with the next day down 13 percent. On the first giveaway day, attendance was 7 percent below last year’s.

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