In this 2003 white paper, a statewide coalition of cultural tourism partners looked at the strengths and weaknesses of this section of the state's second largest industry, along with opportunities for its continued development as a vital economic driver. Now eight years later, many of the issues remain the same making this report as relevant as the day it was first issued. "Cultural and heritage organizations are a major component of [the tourism] industry, but these celebrated assets are often not fully recognized by elected officials and community and tourism industry leaders as the economic development and educational resources they truly are."
The Empire State Experience: Cultural & Heritage Tourism = Diversity & Dollars
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