Groups love New York State. What other state can boast an itinerary that includes Atlantic Ocean beaches, Eric Canal cruises, high peaks vistas, Great Lakes, wine trails, island castles, the first presidential library, a spa with natural springs, 400-plus-acre sculpture parks, the Grand Canyon of the East, the natural wonder of the world that is Niagara Falls, a Broadway show on Broadway, and America’s only museums dedicated to baseball, glass, comedy, playing, and the 1960s and Woodstock? Experts in the state’s 11 beautiful vacation regions are waiting to assist, and each area hosts a free, state-of-the-art welcome center with interactive tourism kiosks and shops with New York treats. So come be a part of it and discover what you love in New York State. Contact Leah Mueller (mueller@visitbuffaloniagara.com), director of tourism sales, to learn more.

716-218-2936, visitbuffaloniagara.com

1000 Islands International Tourism Council
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1000 Islands International Tourism Council

The 1000 Islands International Tourism Council is here to assist tour planners provide the best visit to our region possible. The council connects the planner to the regional partners that will host and care for your customers. The beautiful region offers scenic boat tours, visits to Boldt Castle and Singer Castle, lighthouses, maritime museums, War of 1812 and Underground Railroad sites, and so much more. Over 1,800 islands provide beautiful scenery, and small towns provide the hospitality. Spanning two nations and over 200 miles of scenic shoreline, the 1000 Islands is a must-see destination. Let the council help you navigate your next visit! Contact Tillie Youngs (tillie@visit1000islands.com), sales manager, to learn more.  

315-482-2520, visit1000islands.com/group-tours

Niagara Falls, Cave of Winds in winter
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Destination Niagara USA

Niagara Falls USA is a bucket-list destination, and the perfect complement to your Empire State experience—offering iconic attractions, outdoor adventures, art and culture, history, wine-ing, dining, and more. At Niagara Falls State Park, America’s oldest, soak in its natural, four-season beauty and feel the unparalleled force of nature from the many viewing areas. Ride the new, all-electric, zero-emission Maid of the Mist boat tour and cruise into the heart of the Horseshoe Falls. Or get up close and personal with the thunderous Bridal Veil Falls or Cave of the Winds. Beyond the falls, explore all the region has to offer aboard the complimentary and seasonal Discover Niagara Shuttle. Sites include epic hiking trails, an 18th-century fortress, high-speed jet boats that race through Class V rapids of the Niagara River, museums and galleries, and leisurely boat cruises along the historic Erie Canal. Tour Niagara’s wine region, with close to two dozen, distinctive wineries and breweries. For more information, contact Tina Mt. Pleasant (tmtpleasant@niagarafallsusa.com), director of travel trade sales.

716-282-8992, niagarafallsusa.com

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Visit Ithaca

Ithaca, New York, has exceptional attractions, culinary experiences, and wine, but its stunning waterfalls are what make the destination unique. Ithaca is the perfect hub-and-spoke destination to explore the Finger Lakes Region of New York state. Ithaca is only a 40-minute drive from the Corning Museum of Glass, Mackenzie-Childs, Seward House, Harriet Tubman Home, del Lago Casino & Resort, and more. You’ll love discovering waterfalls within minutes of Ithaca’s eclectic downtown, tasting fabulous wines, strolling splendid gardens, and savoring local dining. Visit Ithaca makes planning your group tour easy by assisting with lodging and custom itineraries perfect for your group! Contact Sarah Imes (sarah@visitithaca.com), tour and travel manager, to learn more.

607-272-1313, visitithaca.com/groups/tours

Shea’s Performing Arts Center
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Visit Buffalo Niagara

People traveling to Buffalo by motorcoach discover a place full of history, robust theater, breathtaking scenery, and shopping fun in an easy, affordable trip. This region invites groups to catch a Broadway show in the baroque beauty of Shea’s Performing Arts Center, take a boat history tour of the Erie Canal, explore the sites of the Underground Railroad, walk through the house where President Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated, dine on Buffalo wings at the tavern where they were invented, see the Frank Lloyd Wright house that the architect called his opus, wander the botanical gardens blooming beneath century-old glass turrets, browse the aisles of East Aurora’s Vidler’s 5 & 10, and soak up the misty glory of Niagara Falls. What do visitors say at the end, as their bus takes them home? “It’s more than they were ever expecting. They need to come back again,” said Leah Mueller, Visit Buffalo Niagara’s tourism sales director. “It’s always an utter surprise.” Contact Mueller (mueller@visitbuffaloniagara.com) to learn more.

716-218-2936, visitbuffaloniagara.com

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