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."