Partner News 07/2013

2014 Billing…. It’s That Time of the Year

Sometime early in August you will receive your annual invoice from FLTA for your 2014 Partnership and for some of your programming that your business takes advantage of each year.  We are happy to report that there will be NO INCREASE in partnership rates and most programming options for 2014. To reserve your placement in the coming year, this invoice will reflect the partnership levels and programs that you utilized in 2013. We remain singularly focused on promoting your business as a must-see destination in the Finger Lakes region.  We are privileged to work with you and as always thank you for your support and participation with us.  Of course, if you have any questions about your billing, want to make any changes to your programming, or would just like to review it with us – including payment options (payment plans are available!) – give us call anytime. For a full listing of 2014 Partner advertising opportunities, visit this page.

 

 

Looking for an Affordable Way to Promote Your Business?
How About Using the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Web Site!

Looking for a great, affordable way to promote your business on the web?  Our website (fingerlakes.org) is growing by leaps and bounds!  Over the first half of 2013, our web visits have increased by 15% to over 300,000 visitors.  Based on our year-to-date results, FingerLakes.org will enjoy the pleasure of having over 600,000 visitors this year looking for more information on the Finger Lakes region!  Those folks are actively looking at YOU – the FLTA PARTNER – for a Finger Lakes experience that includes where to stay, things to do, and sights to see while they are here!

FLTA has several packages to promote your business on our award winning web site. Pricing is very reasonable here in the Finger Lakes region and we have a wide variety of choices to fit your visitor’s needs and budget.  Bob, the owner of the Syracuse Nationals and Custom Show, uses FIngerLakes.org to promote that yearly event.  Bob reported that FingerLakes.org was one of the top performers delivering traffic to his site while promoting the event.  “You can count me in for next year to promote our show on your web site!” said our very happy partner.

Contact Sales Director Mark Illig at 315-536-7488 (marki@fingerlakes.org) and he will be happy to help you develop a program to promote your business!

 

 

Spread the Word About FLTA to your Friends in the Tourism Business

We are very pleased that many of our new Partners get involved with FLTA upon the recommendation of one or more of our existing Partners.  You can help your friends in the tourism business by mentioning the benefits of an FLTA Partnership, encouraging them to contact our office, and we will take it from there. Our business partners are the primary focus for everything that we do here at FLTA and we work hard to get your name in front of travelers and locals alike. We want to provide a full range of accommodation, dining, event and recreation options throughout the 14 counties of the region so that a wide variety of businesses are available for visitors to explore.  Let your fellow tourism professionals know that FLTA is ready to help and we would love to work with them to get them involved!

 

 

Keep YOUR Partner Listing Current – It’s Easy!

As an FLTA Partner you have full control of the information that is being put in front of hundreds of thousands of potential Finger Lakes visitors. As an FLTA partner, you have direct access to a FingerLakes.org account that was issued to you when you joined the organization.  This account, or partner log in as we like to call it, allows you to have full control of the editing of your business listing on our web site You can update your business information (telephone, address, email, website, etc), change and update photos on the page, and add events to our very popular events page.  You can also promote special offerings and any press releases. Add a coupon to the highly trafficked coupons page and review your Travel Guide listing (yes, 2014 travel guide season is right around the corner! Can you believe it?)  and you can do all this right from your desktop.  Our most satisfied partner businesses use their partner log in account to keep things current and fresh on FingerLakes.org and as a result see great returns on their effort.  Simply log in using your username and password to access your account.  If you have forgotten your account information or aren’t quite sure how to access your information, please call our office at 315-536-7488 and our staff can help you on your way.  Our website is one of your windows to the visitor world so take your business information in your hands and gain the control to manage your account!

 

 

Speaking of Our Websites Lets Make Sure FingerLakes.org is Linked to Your Site

Speaking of web sites and all their wonders ---we ask all of our Partners to be certain that your visitors can reach and access FingerLakes.org from your site.  Without getting into all of the technical jargon of computer-speak, it helps both your website and ours if you place a link to FingerLakes.org on your web site.  It also helps the visitor to your site as they plan their visit to the region.  If your web site is serviced by a web master, let them know you want a link to FingerLakes.org on your site.  You can do it yourself by using the link http://fingerlakes.org and adding this link directly to a text page within your site. It takes just a minute and will help FLTA and your website rankings.  Help us help you in promotion of our great region.  If you get stuck during the process call the office and we will take you through  a ‘how-to’ session in just a jiffy!

 

 

Our Suggestion… Take the Time to Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

Every season is great in the Finger Lakes—but summer is when we really shine.  As busy as you are at this time of year, make sure you take advantage of all the wonderful offerings within our great region.  Grab a copy of the FLTA Travel Guide and pick a destination or attraction that you have never been to in the region.  There is an almost endless selection of things to do and see (not to mention great places to eat and stay).  Challenge yourself to take a well-deserved break and enjoy the region!  See the Finger Lakes through a tourist’s eyes; you will be a better representative of the region as a result of the experience! We’re sure of it. Cheers!

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