WNY Tourism on the Rise

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

Area hotels are putting up the "no vacancy" signs. Over the past three years, the average number of U.S. visitors coming to WNY jumped by at least 100 thousand annually according to a new survey by Longwoods International. The study focuses on leisure travelers, not corporate trips. It shows that visitors come to WNY for shopping and to see architectural and historic landmarks. About ten percent come to see area wineries. Another ten percent come for casinos. A top priority is also to visit friends and family.

The new North Tonawanda Walmart will open at 8 am Wednesday. Company officials say the store will create about 300 jobs. Store officials say shoppers in North Tonawanda will notice fast service, a friendly shopping experience and clean stores. The new design is energy efficient as well. Even the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials.

Business First is ready to talk sports with the head of the Buffalo Bills, Sabres, Bisons and more. The State of sports will be held on Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 am at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Registration is required in advance. You can call 541-1631 for more information or go to wkbw.com for a link to the registration form from Business First.

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