Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Steuben Co. Tourism Gets New Look
Written By: Tanja Rekhi
CORNING (WENY) -- $2.1 trillion are generated in the US by tourism. In Steuben County, it's the reason for over 2,000 jobs.
"I think a lot of times people think 'Oh tourism is just a lot of fun, but it doesn't really do anything for our economy,' but that couldn't be further from the truth," said Peggy Coleman President of Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau.
According to Coleman, if tourism were to disappear, every single household in Steuben County would pay an additional $391 in taxes a year.
"It's not just visitors it's residents looking for places to go and things to do," said Denise Ackley, President of the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce. "It makes sense for our local economy to help drive traffic."
So, the visitors bureau, now being marketed as "Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes" is doing its best to boost tourism. It's been rebranded with a new logo and mobile friendly website that has a "what's nearby" feature. Here is the link to the new site: http://www.corningfingerlakes.com/
Almost 55,000 people a year make their way through the doors to the Visitors Center in Corning, which was recently voted America's Most Fun Small Town. Now not only will they be able to get helpful information, but the spotlight will be on local artists as well.
People stopping by will get an exclusive look at items "made in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes." Like pieces made by Barbara Havill a potter from Pulteney.
Havill says the partnership is very exciting. "People will find their way to us, instead of us taking things to shows, which we did for 30 years and that gets old," said Havill.
The pilot program aims to feature 6 to 10 local artists in its first year.