Niagara Gazette

March 10, 2013

Tourism professionals to descend on Falls

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls will be host to the 2013 Empire State Tourism Conference.

The sessions slated May 1 to 3 at the Conference Center Niagara Falls are expected to attract upward of 300 tourism professionals from across the state. In recent years the event has been held in Albany but the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. was awarded the bid for this year.

John Percy, the CEO and president of the NTCC, said the organization was formed to bring together state tourism representatives to advocate government policies and programs to strengthen the industry. It also is designed to develop cooperative relationships and partnerships among its members and to raise consumer awareness of vacation opportunities in the Empire State.

Also coming to town is the Family Travel Conference, which usually draws about 40 travel writers from leading newspapers and magazines, will meet Sept. 20 to Sept. 23. Percy told the Gazette one of the benefits in hosting the annual gathering in the Falls is that the participating writers often focus on area attractions for their publications. Their feature articles also provide a boost in tourism for the host city. 

Meanwhile, the 2013 Legislative Roundtable will be held Friday at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Millersport Highway, Amherst. A spokesman said that in the past more than 200 tourism industry professionals and 30 state and local lawmakers have attended the events in Albany, Syracuse and New York City. Registration is set for 8 a.m. at the hotel with the roundtable discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Additional information is available at 800-642-5313.