Boost for Tourism

May 9, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM EDT


May 9, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give tourism a boost by putting $60 million toward improvements. Cuomo said this will help grow the industry, create jobs and attract more visitors to the state.

This announcement comes on the heels of another project that was just approved by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to improve tourism locally. It's the grain elevator light show. This will include lights on the elevator, Skyway and the Ohio Street Bridge. Tourist will also be able to watch movies shown on the elevators about the history of the Queen City. A similar project North of the boarder brought nearly 200,000 people to that light show.

"If we had 100,000 that came to Canalside and the show is at 10 o'clock because it has to be dark, then they have to spend the night. And that's a great way, we've talked to the convention and visitors bureau, they loved the idea, they loved the concept and they just think it brings people to Buffalo," President of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Thomas Lee said.

The Governor's announcement was made at the end of yesterday's New York State Tourism summit where hundreds discussed ideas and new ways to bring tourists to the state.

Tourism is the fifth highest employer in New York State, supporting more than 700,000 jobs. It generated about $29 billion in wages in 2012.

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