In 2011, travelers to the region spent $2.7 billion and national media coverage such as this certainly plays a role. As the nation pays more attention to the Finger Lakes, that number will surely grow.
Canandaigua, NY (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
The Finger Lakes Region has once again hit the big time with a profile on Yahoo! Travel. On April 23, the Finger Lakes was recognized in a Yahoo.com Travel blog as a top lakeside destination in an article entitled, “Lakeside vacations that have it all.” The story mentions the 11 lakes, pretty villages, wineries and the great outdoors as assets the region has to offer. The article can be found by clicking here.
The Finger Lakes is in good company, and other lakeside destinations featured in the article include: Lac Leman in France/Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, Lake George in New York, Lake Como in Italy, Lake Louise in Canada, Lakes of Killarney in Ireland, Lake Tahoe, Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, Manitoba in Canada, and Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia.
“Visitors are drawn to the Finger Lakes and it is important the national media continues to recognize it,” said AJ Shear, Communications Manager for Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, Ontario County’s tourism office. “In 2011, travelers to the region spent $2.7 billion and national media coverage such as this certainly plays a role. As the nation pays more attention to the Finger Lakes, that number will surely grow.”
Social media wins such as this Yahoo! blog and others continue to play a role in raising awareness of the Finger Lakes. A 2012 study conducted by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection and Young Strategies, Inc. found that half of the respondents in a visitor survey indicated using a smart-phone device while traveling and one-third use a tablet while traveling or for pre-trip planning.
“People are using digital resources to plan their trips to the Finger Lakes and while using their iPads and smartphones, they are likely to seek out these blogs and other social media platforms to influence their travel decisions,” said Shear.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection recently hosted four New York City-based lifestyle bloggers which resulted in additional national social media wins including 1 million Twitter impressions. Golf getaway packages from Ontario County have also recently been featured in blogs for web sites such as Travel + Leisure and PeterGreenberg.com.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection is the official tourism promotion agency for Ontario County and is located at 25 Gorham Street in Canandaigua. For more information, please visit http://www.visitfingerlakes.com or call the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915.