Niagara Gazette — Created in 2010, Discover America provides promotional materials for travelers from all over the world to help plan trips to the United States. Schumer noted that Discover America does not include Niagara Falls State Park on its suggested trip list. In addition, the travel guide includes no mention of Buffalo’s historic architecture.
On the New York State page of the Discover America website, the list of recommended New York trips currently includes: The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Finger Lakes, Cooperstown, the Empire State Building, New York’s Art Museums, Harlem and Upper Manhattan, The Adirondacks, the Hudson Valley, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Times Square.
By excluding Western New York’s most treasured landmarks in the suggested trips section, Schumer emphasized that Discover America is not doing enough to engage tourists across the world who are looking for destination hotspots for their vacation or travel needs.
In his letter to Christopher L. Thompson, President & CEO of BRAND USA, Schumer urged that Niagara Falls and other destinations in the region be added to help spur additional tourism to the region, which would be highly valuable to local businesses, hotels, restaurants and other aspects of the Western New York economy.