(Warsaw, NY) On April 14, 2020, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors joined with the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office in passing a resolution declaring May 3-9, 2020 as Travel and Tourism Week in Wyoming County.

To celebrate, Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is holding a testimonial contest from May 3 – June 1. Everyone is encouraged to write a short story and/or recommendation about their favorite Wyoming County tourism attractions. Everyone knows our locals can share the best experiences and adventures.

“Our tourism businesses need us more now than ever.” said Eric Szucs, Director of Tourism & Marketing, “We want to celebrate them by sharing amazing stories about the outdoor adventures, delicious restaurants, arts & culture and the wonderful communities we have here. When we fully open for business, we want everyone to know about the outstanding tourism attractions that call Wyoming County home – and that’s why we want to give our residents a voice in sharing what they love, because they tell the best stories and can help us support our small businesses!”

Participants are encouraged to provide up to 500 words sharing their favorite Wyoming County adventures, recommendations, suggestions and what they look forward to most about living and/visiting here. Testimonials can be about an amazing dish one of our restaurants prepares, a brewery that serves delicious craft beer, a wonderful attraction that provides plenty of excitement, family-fun adventures, your favorite camping spot, and/or anything we can share with tourists nationally and internationally to tell your story of what makes Wyoming County such a wonderful place to vacation and visit.

The goal is to get thoughtful stories from real people with real experiences. It is a great advertising and promotion resource, similar to reviews on Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. These testimonials can be shared on social media, our tourism website and through other marketing and promotional outlets with tourists who are traveling through our community looking for hidden gems, interesting locations and unique outdoor experiences.

Three winners will be selected to receive a $50 gift card to Wyoming County Businesses included on the Chamber’s growing gift card list. Winners will be drawn on June 15, 2020.

To participate in this exciting contest:

  • Visit our website: GoWyomingCountyNY.com and complete the “Our Home, Your Adventure” contest form online, or
  • Email us your testimonial to: info@gowyomingcountyny.com

“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. “Under normal conditions, travelers spend approximately $50 million annually in Wyoming County which generates millions in state and local sales taxes. This is a critical industry to our overall economy which includes attractions, hospitality, and retail businesses across the county – it is worth of celebration and recognition especially now.” 

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.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office has been working diligently during the Coronavirus crisis to providing critical support, resources and information to businesses and partners. The efforts have included dedicated web pages with updated information including:

  • Covid-19 Business & Community Resource Database
  • Webinars concerning the availability of financial resources and Federal aid
  • A listing of Restaurant & Virtual experiences available for our community
  • A regular stream of email communications with updated resources, webinars, financial resources & more.
  • Tourism Resource Library with social media & promotional resources, financial aid availability, webinars and more

The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow area economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. The key programs and services of the organization are educational seminars; leadership development; business assistance and guidance; cost-saving opportunities; advocacy; recognition, networking, exposure and promotional opportunities.

For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at www.wycochamber.org.