Positive Preservation

October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 9:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 9:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) The National Preservation Conference held last week in Buffalo is being called a huge success.

Local tourism experts say it did a lot to get the good word out about our city and region.

This was the first time the conference was held in Western New York. Organizers raved about the Queen City's rich culture and history. People from all over the country had the chance to experience some of the best the area has to offer including visits to historical sites, architectural marvels.

The conference was estimated to have brought millions of dollars into the region.

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President of Visit Buffalo Niagara told Eyewitness News, "Everyone came here and said my gosh, your city is incredible. The goal is to have all these people go back to their cities and say that, and hopefully drive alot more visitation to our region from cultural tourists."

Final events over the weekend included tours of the Central Terminal, the grain elevators, and a presentation by Pulitzer prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson, who wrote a book about America's great migration.