Travel & Tourism Committee Update

Staff Contact: Johnny Evers
December 22, 2017

Tourism Industry Coalition (TIC) Day 2018

The Tourism Industry Coalition advocacy day in Albany is tentatively scheduled for March 12, 2018 from 10:30 to 12 noon. Location will be announced. Both Senator Funke and Assemblyman O'Donnell, the Tourism Chairs in the Senate and Assembly respectively, have been invited to address the gathering. The New York State Tourism Industry Coalition, formed in 1987, is comprised of various association and industry–supporting organizations whose main goal is to represent the state’s tourism industry on key legislative and regulatory issues. The Business Council is an active member of the TIC. In the past The Business Council has helped pass legislation such as reform of State Liquor Authority (SLA) laws and regulations, and the passage and implementation of rideshare - issues that have greatly aided tourism throughout New York State. Overall tourism is estimated to be the State’s fourth largest industry, employing 914,000 New Yorkers. The March 2018 meeting of TIC coincides with the Albany meeting of the New York State Tourism Advisory Council. For more information on TIC access: http://www.ticnys.org/

Empire State Development Announces 2018 Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting Dates

The dates and times of next year’s TAC meetings was announced this week. The Council is comprised of 18 members with the Governor naming 10, Assembly Speaker 3, Senate Temporary President 3, and 1 each by the Assembly and Senate Minority Leaders. The meetings draw together the board and staff from Empire State Development to discuss various programs and issues pertaining to travel and tourism in New York State. The meetings are open to the public. The Business Council regularly attends these meetings. For more information on TAC, Empire State Development Tourism issues, and the I Love NY program access: https://esd.ny.gov/industries/tourism https://www.iloveny.com/. To be placed on the e-mail list for information related to ESD tourism issues and TAC, contact:

Kelly Garofalo
Project Manager, Tourism Marketing and Partnerships
Division of Tourism - I LOVE NY
(212) 803-2244
Empire State Development
633 Third Avenue, 36th floor
New York, NY 10017

2018 TAC Meeting Dates:
Monday, January 22, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
633 Third Avenue, NYC
Monday, March 12, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 
Empire Plaza Albany, NY
Monday, May 21, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
633 Third Avenue, NYC
Monday, September 17, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
633 Third Avenue, NYC
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
633 Third Avenue, NYC

Travel & Tourism 2018 Legislative Program

New York has a broad tourism industry, including culture, history, restaurants, entertainment, destinations, parks and more. To help this statewide industry, The Business Council: