Travel and Tourism Committee Update
January 6, 2012
State of the State
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his second State of the State address on Wednesday, January 4 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. After many years of the Tourism Industry stressing the need for government to get more involved in the sector, Governor Cuomo heeded their call. While laying out the next phase for New York's economic blueprint he started with Tourism, singling out the industry for being a top employer in the state and noting the billions of dollars tourists spend in New York State.
- Pursue a joint venture with Genting to build the largest convention center in the U.S. at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- Repurpose Jacob Javits Convention Center as a mixed-use facility following the Battery Park City model.
- Launch a second round of competitive awards for the Regional Economic Development Councils worth $200 million.
- Have the Empire State Development Corporation and the Port Authority implement a coordinated campaign to boost New York's international presence.
- Begin the process of a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in New York State.
- Promote tourism with a regional focus through the “New York Open for Business” initiative. The Governor mentioned the need to market our attractions properly but did not give a sense of how much will be appropriated in the budget.
- Improve state parks and historic sites.
Please click here to read the Governor's remarks in its entirety.