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Looking to enjoy time in the Lake Ontario Region? Gov. Cuomo launches new campaign to boost tourism

Economic grants, free fishing, discounts, and more
Gov. Cuomo launches a new tourism campaign in Lake Ontario region
Posted at 2:56 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 02:58:35-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his administration is starting a new tourism plan aimed to help the Lake Ontario region following recent shoreline flooding.

The campaign will include the following:

  • Free fishing on Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River through Labor Day
  • 50 percent off N.Y. State campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river
  • New television advertisements airing in multiple states promoting travel to Lake Ontario and its surrounding areas

This comes after the Cuomo administration started the REDI Commission which would include up to $300 million in funding to communities affected by the rise in flooding; however as we've reported, people in the region say more needs to be done.

According to Gov. Cuomo, "Lake Ontario and the assets we have in the upstate region are second to none - and while tourism is way up and it's a big economic generator, in the wake of the recent flooding in the area we have to get the word out about what we have here."

Cuomo continues, "that's why we are launching a new campaign to promote tourism near Lake Ontario and our point is very simple: if you are looking for a fantastic, affordable and family friendly vacation - look north to Lake Ontario. We are also building back better and stronger so that we can withstand this new normal of flooding, and that's what the resiliency and economic development initiative is all about."

For more on where you can take advantage of free fishing in the area, visit the DEC free fishing site, and here's where you can make a reservation at a camp fairground you want to visit.