Letchworth State Park in Wyoming County NY


(Warsaw, NY) To celebrate National Travel and Tourism 2020 and Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism’s new tagline “Our Home, Your Adventure”, they held a testimonial contest that ended in June where Wyoming County fans were encouraged to write a short story and/or recommendation about their favorite tourism attractions & experiences.

“Who knows more about Wyoming County than the businesses, families, residents and fans that live, work and play here,” said Eric Szucs, Director of Tourism and Marketing. “With to the Covid crisis, we want to continue to share our special story, and with remarkable resources like Letchworth State Park, our unique attractions, family-friendly restaurants, abundance of retail opportunities, wide open spaces, and more – we offer tourists an incredibly rewarding experience. Through this contest we want to give our residents a voice in sharing what they love best, because they tell the best stories and these are the experiences and adventures we want to share.”

The three winners selected to win a $50 gift card were:

  • Nancy Sellat (New York City)
  • Ken Wallace (Castile)
  • Carl Weber (Perry)

Winners provided up to 500 words sharing their favorite Wyoming County adventures, recommendations, suggestions and what Wyoming County means to them. Main themes included the many experiences people can enjoy in Letchworth State Park, the connection visitors have with nature, our one-of-a-kind attractions, and more.

The testimonials will be used as a future advertising and promotion resource, similar to reviews on Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. These testimonials may be shared on social media, the Wyoming County Tourism website and through other marketing and promotional outlets with tourists that are traveling through our community looking for hidden gems, interesting locations and unique outdoor experiences.

“Tourism is critical to the economic health of our county, and we are very fortunate to have almost two-hundred tourism related businesses in Wyoming County,” said Scott Gardner, President of the Chamber & Tourism office. “Travelers are spending $49 million annually in Wyoming County which generates millions in state and local sales taxes. This is an important industry to our overall economy which includes attractions, hospitality, and retail businesses across the county.” 

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition that was established by a Congressional Resolution in 1983 and first celebrated the following year. This nationwide week of events serves to champion the power of the travel and tourism industry. Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries, generating $2.5 trillion in economic output, with $1.1 trillion spent directly by domestic and international travelers.

According to the US Travel Association, tourism directly generated $170 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments. Travel and tourism is America’s largest services export industry and is one of America’s largest employers. Travel is among the top 10 industries and supported 16 million jobs, including 9 million directly in the travel industry and 7 million in other industries. One out of every 10 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism. Each U.S. household would pay $1,300 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org or www.gowyomingcountyny.com.

**Winner testimonials attached below.

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