Thanks for celebrating with us!
The 100th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance was celebrated with great excitement and enthusiasm on May 4th, 2019 at the Ramada Waterfront Resort in Geneva, NY. Nearly 300 local business owners, area not-for-profits, county tourism promotion agencies, supporters, and legislators shared memories of the past, and great plans for the future. FLTA President Cindy Kimble proudly stated “for a century, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance has been committed to growing tourism in the region. At the time the FLTA was founded, tourism was a burgeoning industry and, now, we have a $3 billion industry supporting over 58,000 jobs in the region, with the numbers growing year over year. As the oldest regional destination marketing organization in the country, we are so pleased to celebrate this historic milestone.”
You can watch the 100th anniversary commemorative video that was debuted at the event here:
Perhaps the most important initiative during Cindy’s tenure is the FLTA’s ongoing effort to drive legislation that would name the region a National Heritage Area. She stated: “earlier this year, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act was signed into federal law. Included are conditions that authorize the allocation of funds authorizing the National Park Service to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Corridor. It is through the support of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed that this initiative was spearheaded alongside the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. To have this happen during our 100th anniversary year makes this even more poignant.”
Gene Pierce (co-owner of Glenora Wine Cellars, Knapp Winery, and Chateau Lafayette Reneau) was recognized by Board Chair Joe Gober for decades of service to the regional tourism industry, and Gene’s name will be honored on the first-ever Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Scholarship Fund. Paul Curcillo of CK Cellars presented the award to the very surprised honoree. Joe also presented the 100 Years of Partnership Award to the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was an early supporter of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance—going all the way back to 1919, when the organization was called the Finger Lakes Association. Executive Director Ethan Fogg accepted the award on behalf of the Chamber.
Many local and New York State dignitaries were in attendance, including Senator Pamela Helming, New York State Senate and Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, New York State Assembly. Alison Hunt, District Director of Congressman Tom Reed’s office, and Sara Lattin from Sen. Thomas O’Mara’s office presented proclamations from the U.S. House of Representatives, the New York State Senate, and the New York State Assembly commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.
Cindy Kimble, her Board Of Directors, and her staff wish to thank everyone who attended this unforgettable evening!