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Heartland Travel Showcase

The Finger Lakes region is excited to work with the Heartland Travel Showcase and group leaders, tour operators and organizers to show what is new and exciting and has offerings you may have never considered before. The Finger Lakes region encompasses 9,000 square miles, represents 14 counties, includes 11 glacier formed lakes in the shape of fingers that give the region its namesake and represents businesses including the amazing diversity of wineries, breweries, accomodations, museums, gaming locations, shopping, natural beauty and SO MUCH MORE. 

We welcome you to connect with the incredible managers and locations that the Finger Lakes has to offer from the highlighted businesses below. 

 

Meet some exciting players in the Finger Lakes...

 

Visit Ithaca 
Ithaca has exceptional attractions, culinary experiences, and wineries, but our 150 stunning waterfalls are truly what make Ithaca unique. The perfect hub and spoke destination for exploring the Finger Lakes Region of NYS, Ithaca is only 40 minutes to the Corning Museum of Glass, McKenzie Childs, Seward House, Harriot Tubman House, and more.

Discovering waterfalls within minutes of our eclectic downtown; tour, taste and toast along the scenic wine trail, stroll splendid gardens, taste cheese at a family owned goat farm and savor mouth-watering dining.

The Ithaca CVB makes planning group tours easy by assisting with lodging and creating gardening, culinary, wine, or mystery tour itineraries perfect for your group!

Contact: Sarah Imes, Group Tourism Manager
904 E Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-272-1313
Sarah@visitithaca.com
www.visitithaca.com

 

 

Indus Hospitality Group
Indus Hospitality has you covered for lodging needs all over the Finger Lakes and Western NY. We have 12 (and growing!) Tour Friendly Hotels ready to welcome your group! Easy in/out, welcome reception, baggage handling if needed. Our properties offer free amenities such as WIFI, Local/Long Distance calling and breakfast. From our Economy properties to our limited service properties we have additional amenities based on location such as pools, outdoor fire pits, fitness rooms and guest laundry facilities. Most of our properties are near local attractions and have restaurants within walking distance.

Indus Hospitality Group

Microtel Inn & Suites by
Wyndham - Bath

Joshua Tompkins, General Manager
607-776-5333
microtelbath@indushg.com
www.microtelinn.com/hotel/29133

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham - Penn Yan

Arion Dame-Rohring, General Manager
315-215-2853
microtelpennyan@indushg.com
www.microtelinn.com/hotel/47827

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham - Rochester/Chili

Tyler Ventrillo, General Manager
585-889-5690
microtelchili@indushg.com 
www.microtelinn.com/hotel/31905

 
Hampton Inn - Rochester/Penfield

Tom Bartz, General Manager
585-249-0601
HamptonPenfield@indushg.com
www.rochesterpenfield.hamptonbyhilton.com

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham - Geneva

Tabitha Craine, General Manager 
315-789-7890
microtelgeneva@indushg.com
www.microtelinn.com/hotel/32018
 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Geneva

Alex Cochrane, General Manager
315-787-0530
holidaygeneva@indushg.com
www.hiexpress.com/genevany

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham - Rochester/Victor

Cori McLaughlin, General Manager
585-924-9240
microtelvictor@indushg.com
www.microtelinn.com/hotel/28233

Holiday Inn Express - Rochester/Victor

Michael Muench, General Manager
585-672-2100
holidayvictor@indushg.com
www.hiexpress.com/victor

 

 

The Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass displays the world’s finest collection of art and historical glass that spans 35-centuries of glass making and innovation. The Museum is open year-round and located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York, halfway between NYC and Niagara Falls. Admission allows groups to experience the science, art and history of glass and watch glass being made in a state-of-the art amphitheater. Enjoy a self-guided visit or book a docent-led guided tour. Dine in the light-filled Café or book a private catered group lunch and browse The Shops to bring home your own glass treasures. Our Studio offers hands-on group glass making experiences. Come see glass in a whole new light!

Contact: Melissa Rose, Group Tour Coordinator
1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830
607-438-5400
rosemm@cmog.org
www.cmog.org

 

Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes
Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is a destination of innovation. Quality is what sets us apart. In 2017, Cider Creek was the most awarded cidery in the U.S. Breweries on the Craft Your Adventure Trail have been named Best Craft Brewery in New York State. With small towns that have been called the “Coolest” and the “Most Fun” in America, world-class museums events named to the top 100 in North America, and award-winning wineries (including the most award-winning in NYS since 1962), we’ve been getting it right for decades. From historic downtowns containing unique shops, galleries and exceptional food, to an assortment of boutique antique shops, breathtaking scenery, and many exciting ways for you to create your own hands-on fun, there are so many opportunities to savor the very best of New York and master craft your personal experience.

Contact: Wendy Ferrigno, Group Sales Manager
1 W Market Street, Corning, NY 14830
607-358-7354
wferrigno@corningfingerlakes.com
www.corningfingerlakes.com

 

 

Visit Syracuse
Syracuse welcomes group tours to “do their thing” with plenty of activities that please guests of all ages and interests. Explore central New York’s rich history, as well as our arts and culture at numerous museums, enjoy the great outdoors at one of Syracuse’s 50 parks, cheer on sports teams with thousands of other fans, sip at the area’s wineries, breweries and cideries, dine at delicious and diverse restaurants, or shop and play at Destiny USA – the ultimate shopping and entertainment center. From countryside to downtown urban excitement, there is so much to see and do for groups in Syracuse!

Contact: Rhonda Vaccaro
115 West Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13202
585-287-8838
rhonda@breaktheicemedia.com
www.visitsyracuse.com

 

 

Tour Cayuga
Cayuga County is centrally located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Visitors can find plenty of things to do in Cayuga County, from spending the day touring wineries and sampling award- winning wines to live comedy acts, film, dance and concerts at our first-class arts and cultural institutions. History lovers will be astounded by the wealth of fascinating and well-preserved history in Cayuga County. Marvel at the Tiffany- designed stained glass in the Willard Memorial Chapel and see where Harriet Tubman settled after her numerous trips on the Underground Railroad rescuing family members and slaves.

Contact: Rhonda Vaccaro
131 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
585-287-8838
rhonda@breaktheicemedia.com
www.tourcayuga.com

 

 

The Strong National Museum of Play
The Strong National Museum of Play is a one-of- a-kind North American cultural history museum located in Rochester, New York. Here guests of all ages can discover the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, board games, and electronic games—more than 470,000 items—and explore two floors of hands-on exhibits. The 285,000-square-foot facility is located on 13.5 acres and is home to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and the seasonal Discovery Garden. A food court, gift shop, and ATM are on-site. The Strong offers several packages for both group and FIT visitors that range from general admission to a white glove, behind-the-scenes, private tour with museum curators. Area itinerary planning assistance is available to help the travel trade plan their visit.  Whether guests are nine months of age or 90, there is something for everyone at The Strong! 

Contact: Karen Dodson, Tourism Sales Associate
One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607
585-410-6359
kdodson@museumofplay.org
www.museumofplay.org

 

 

Tioga Downs Casino & Resort
Finger Lakes wine country’s premier gaming and entertainment destination with a BRAND NEW look, feel and experience you haven’t had before! Tioga Downs Casino Resort is home to nearly 950 slot machines, popular table games, poker, a variety of dining experiences (including PJ Clarke’s Restaurant and Virgil’s Real BBQ), live music, harness racing, Tioga Golf Club with 18-hole Golf Course. Conveniently located off I-86 between Owego and Elmira. Tioga Downs Casino Resorts now features a BRAND NEW 161-room hotel with a scenic setting overlooking the rack track and beautiful hills. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, Arcade, Ageless Spa, an indoor pool and outdoor pool with a water slide. We have 33,000 square feet of meeting and convention space for all your needs. Tioga Downs Casino Resort is your must-stop GATEWAY to the Finger Lakes! With a variety of offerings for groups, start the conversation and contact us to discover the best fit and mix of offerings for your trip to the Finger Lakes!

Contact: Erica Miller, Senior Tourism Marketing Executive
2384 W. River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812 
607-425-1225
emiller@tiogadowns.com 
www.tiogadowns.com

 

 

Yates County Chamber of Commerce
Visit the Finger Lakes Countrysides of Yates County and experience the charm of "Another world just around the corner".  We feature beautiful scenery, spectacular waterfalls, gorgeous lakes, world-class wineries, gourmet food and cozy accommodations. Yates County, located in the very heart of the region, embraces all of the best that New York State has to offer.   Browse along our tree-shaded streets, drive along our scenic back roads or travel the wine trails of the region and at every corner and bend you will find another surprise.

Contact: Jessica Bacher, President & CEO
2375 NY-14A, Penn Yan, NY 14527
315-536-3111
yateschamber@gmail.com
http://yatesny.com

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