Travel, one of America's largest industries, "generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy" according to the U.S. Travel Association which adds that "one in every 9 American jobs depends on travel." The numbers are pretty impressive. In Steuben County alone, statistics for 2014 indicate that visitors spent $130 million dollars, and nearly 2,500 jobs were created, which also lead to an average tax savings per household of $962 (state average).
Of course, travel and tourism means more than dollars and tax breaks to locals as well.
With world-renowned museums, a wine region named one of the Top 10 in the World by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, nearly half of all New York State's craft breweries located here, beautiful lakes offering every type of water activity from fishing to paddle boarding, waterskiing to snorkeling, delicious fresh farm-to-table foods, live music and annual events that have been named to the Top 100 Events in all of North America, a State Park voted #3 of the 10 Best State Parks in the U.S., and so much more, the Finger Lakes has such a variety of fun activities that make perfect day trips for locals.
This year Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1st-May 7th) by offering a special Savings Passport with savings and discounts at 19 area businesses including FREE admission for two adults to The Rockwell Museum (upstate New York's only Smithsonian Affiliate museum; kids and teens 17 and under are always free), discounts on food, hands-on classes, wine and beer tasting specials, reduced price on a guided hike, and more.
Print the passport below and take it with you as your ticket to savings. Happy National Travel & Tourism Week!