Tonawanda News

April 11, 2013

Schumer says Falls missing from national tourism site

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday called for the inclusion of Niagara Falls and Buffalo on a federally funded promotional website designed to spur interest in the nation’s top tourism destinations.

In a letter to the head of the organization Discover America, which is responsible for oversight of the travel website in question, Schumer called for a greater emphasis on all there is to see and do in the Falls, Buffalo and surrounding region.  

“Although I am thrilled that BrandUSA has promoted some of New York’s most attractive tourist destinations, it is time that this federally funded tourism entity helps America discover the wonders of Western New York,” said Schumer.

Brand USA was established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010 to spearhead the nation’s first global marketing effort to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and communicate U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures. 

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.