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  • Meet Up, Eat Up

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    June 17, 2014

    What do fried chicken and waffles, General Tso’s chicken, Buffalo wings, eggs benedict and Pekin duck all have in common (other than being totally and sinfully delicious)?

    All have roots in New York, a state that has turned culinary invention into a fine—and tasty—art

  • Incomparable State of Mind

    By Julie Keller Callaghan

    October 28, 2013

    Jay-Z’s 2009 hit “Empire State of Mind” pretty much sums up the appeal of New York City, a “concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothin’ you can’t do…These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you.” And inspiring this metropolis is. The city annually entices 52 million visitors who are drawn to what Christopher Heywood, senior vice president of communications for NYC & Company, calls a “unique energy, vibrancy and diversity.” It’s this incomparable appeal and a focus on tourism and hospitality that makes the city an ideal location for events.

  • Wet & Wild

    By Alex Schechter

    June 26, 2013

    Extending from the tip of Brooklyn all the way up to the Canadian border, the Unit" J ' third most populous state encompasses many diverse regions, || each with its own cultural traditions and geographic features. Although New | York may feel a little fragmented, major tourist attractions such as Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty and Adirondack State Park are unifying forces that hold the state together, as do their water features. You literally can't get away from them. G Since the 1800s—when the Erie Canal became a conduit for transporting ara goods between the Hudson River and the Midwest-serving Lake Erie—all the | way up to modern-day New York, where waterfront districts in Buffalo, Rochester and Brooklyn remain popular destinations, New York's water systems have been £ a fundamental part of its identity.

  • Old and New New York

    By Jessie Fetterling

    October 24, 2012

    It’s impossible to keep up with all the rapid changes that make New York City sizzle with excitement. It seems a new restaurant, hotel or art gallery pops up daily, offering dizzying unpredictability for locals and tourists alike. But there are also some historic and stately establishments that withstand the test of time.

  • The Mythical Empire State

    By Nikki Gloudeman

    June 26, 2012

    A tortured Native American princess drowns herself in a lake. A lanky schoolteacher is chased through the woods by a headless horseman. A god of thunder creates horseshoe-shaped waterfalls by throwing a thunderbolt at a poisonous serpent.

  • Border Drama

    By Josef Aukee

    May 31, 2012

    Straddling the Canada-U.S. border, the Niagara Falls region is made up of two cities sharing what is arguably the most spectacular waterfall show in North America (or anywhere). The area also features vineyard trails, fashionable Niagara-on-the-Lake and nearby postindustrial Buffalo, N.Y. The falls were first described in print by European immigrant Father Louis Hennepin and as word of them spread, a trickle of tourists became a flood, and the completion of the Erie Canal in the U.S. made getting there much simpler. Although it has garnered much fame as a choice honeymoon retreat for generations, it is also the source of immense hydroelectric power for the region. As a center for industry and border-crossing entrepreneurs, it also attracts sizable regional meetings.

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New York: Why New York State is the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination

New York State is rich in history and its lush countryside provides the perfect backdrop for destination meetings large and small. It’s a state where nations were planned, treaties were signed and islands were famously acquired. It’s a state where, in 1825, the monumental Erie Canal opened a viable avenue for transportation of goods from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. It’s a state where sports records were broken at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid. And it’s a state where huge metropolises coexist with rugged mountains and agricultural land.

Because of this fortuitous confluence of commerce, culture and nature, New York State sets the stage for meetings of every stripe, from intimate retreats to massive annual conferences. Whether your meeting venue requires a more urban landscape or nestles comfortably into the countryside, New York State has everything you could need for your next conference. Few views can compare with the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls when looking out your conference room window.

When thinking of New York State, many think of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse to the west, the Adirondacks to the north, or Albany to the southeast. When seeking out an east coast meeting venue alternative to the high stress and expense associated with New York City, New York State gives meeting planners the perfect mix of rural and urban, technology and education, food and culture.

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