Morelle Releases “Connecting the Pieces” Report on State Tourism Industry

March 21, 2006

The current status and future possibilities of New York’s $39 billion tourism industry are detailed in a report entitled “Connecting the Pieces” released recently by state Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development.

The report, released jointly with the chair of the state Senate’s tourism committee, was compiled following a series of roundtable sessions in each of New York’s eight major regions: Thousand Islands, Adirondack/Capital-Saratoga, Catskills-Hudson Valley, Greater Niagara/Chautauqua-Allegheny, Finger Lakes, New York City, Long Island and Central-Leatherstocking.

“Tourism is our second largest industry after agriculture, providing thousands of private sector jobs and a large portion of the state’s sales tax revenue,” Morelle said. “New York is blessed with some of the best travel destinations in the country, but our discussions confirmed that we need to do a better job of marketing those resources. I want to thank the many elected officials and community leaders who shared their time and thoughts with us as we traveled the state in preparation for this report. I especially want to thank Dan Murphy and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association for making last year’s roundtable tour possible.”

Morelle, who last year published his own recommendations regarding upstate New York’s economy, Creating a State of Innovation: Unleashing the Power of New York’s Entrepreneurial Economy, said that “Connecting the Pieces” confirms a need for greater state-wide coordination and increased funding for tourism initiatives.

“This report is the first step toward realizing New York’s great tourism potential, and I hope we will continue to hear from residents and experts as we work to implement new and better policies,” Morelle said.

To review the report, click here.