New WNY welcome center now open for business

Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 31, 2018

Western New York is now ready to welcome visitors in a big way.

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the grand opening of the Western New York welcome center on Grand Island.

The new center, one of 11 centers located across the state, will feature a "Prairie Style" design, inspired by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

This location will showcase interactive video displays that highlight the areas's history and tourist attractions.

The new welcome center also includes a Taste NY Market, offering an array of New York grown products. The market will be open from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

The grounds surrounding the new Welcome Center includes a children's play area with a Great Lakes shipwreck theme, an I LOVE NY sculpture, charging stations for electric vehicles, pet comfort center, and parking spaces for cars, buses.RVs and trucks.

"Western New York's world-class tourism industry continues to thrive as we welcome millions of visitors each year, generating billions of dollars for the state's economy," said Governor Cuomo. "This investment in the new Western New York Welcome Center will attract new and returning visitors and continue to bolster the region's economy by promoting destinations, attractions and special events across Western New York."

You can check out the new Welcome Center on Alvin Road on Grand Island.

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