Last Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo hosted a tourism summit in Albany, and also announced that the state has committed $60 million to promote the tourism industry. The funding will support regional collaborations and increased advertising.

According to the Governor, tourism is the fifth largest employment sector in the state, supporting over 700,000 jobs and generating more than $29 billion in wages in 2012.  Over 200 million international and domestic visitors came to New York last year, resulting in $57 billion in direct tourism spending, and $7 billion in state and local taxes.

We may be little biased, but Unshackle Upstate agrees that the Upstate region has some incredible tourist attractions, from the high peaks of the Adirondacks, to the wineries of the Finger Lakes, to Niagara Falls.  And if you ever find yourself making that trip, be sure to stop at Matt’s Brewery in Utica, where Saranac is brewed.  You won’t regret it…