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CVB highlights wins during national tourism week

By Joyce Kryszak

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Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau is spotlighting some of its accomplishments during this National Travel and Tourism Week.

Click the audio player above to hear Joyce Kryszak's full story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.

Despite staggering job losses, a crumbling state budget and general economic malaise - people are still traveling. At least to Buffalo. That is according to Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Gallagher-Cohen said visitors spend $1.5 billion each year in the region. And she said that generates nearly $200 million in state and local taxes. Gallagher-Cohen said the CVB needs to keep that momentum going.

The county did increase the CVB's budget this year by 18%. And a $7 million capital project will give the convention center a much-needed facelift. But even before it is done, people and organizations are coming.

The NCAA was held here, World Junior Hockey is coming in December, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation holds its annual conference in Buffalo nex year.

But Gallagher-Cohen said it is not just conventions and sports events.

She said tourists are coming simply for the unique Buffalo experience. She said a study the CVB did last year showed that people visiting here came from 350 different international postal codes. And she said that kind of tourist activity keeps more than 20,000 western new yorkers employed.