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Buffalo played host to a first-of-its kind travel and tourism summit, bringing national industry leaders to town. It was a chance for local tourism leaders to learn what they're doing right, and where there's room for improvement.


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Between public spending and private investment, Buffalo has seen $800 million in infrastructural changes that one local tourism agency leader says has been paying off.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A major bass fishing tournament is coming to Buffalo's Outer Harbor next summer. What tourism leaders hope it will do is, besides generate a modest one-time economic impact, reel in additional interest in an already busy local industry.


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With 400 garden writers set to visit the region, Buffalo is building a reputation - one that contrasts with the nationally-accepted image of a city that endures endless winters. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First outlined how Visit Buffalo Niagara is highlighting  local tourist opportunities for garden lovers.


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There will soon be a sixth airline flying in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, reversing long-term stagnation in travel as airlines merged. 

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They came from the Buffalo area, from other parts of Western New York and from out of town, shuffling inside the KeyBank Center Thursday for the first round of games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


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Thursday is Day One of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Buffalo. Both transportation and tourism leaders say the previous two days' worth of snow has not affected their plans to make fans feel welcome in downtown Buffalo.


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March Madness will draw thousands of college basketball fans to Buffalo this week. It's the sixth time since 2000 that the city is hosting the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

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A new campaign to help steer more tourists to see Buffalo by bicycle is getting underway.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Later this month, "March Madness" returns to Buffalo when the city hosts first- and second-round games of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Local tourism leaders are acting to make sure the city and its businesses are ready.


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Ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional State of the State Address in Buffalo Monday, there is a new push to make ridesharing a priority this session. A diverse group turned out at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Thursday to voice their support. 


Local members of the technology and tourism industry learned how to use technology to boost their business during an event in downtown Buffalo yesterday.


Delaware North welcomes Westin to downtown landscape

Sep 22, 2016
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The building that has been home to Delaware North Companies since last fall has welcomed an upscale hotel into the 12-story structure. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held inside the new Westin Buffalo at Delaware and Chippewa Thursday.


Patrick Koster

Curtain Up! events hail the official start of the theater season, and many  business leaders view the celebration as a reminder that the theater industry has contributed to the region's resurgence.

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You might call it a show-and-tell to highlight the “New Buffalo.” Meeting and convention planners trekked to the region Thursday as Visit Buffalo Niagara hosted a tour for 23 people who could help generate business for the area.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

As part of their recognition of National Travel and Tourism Week, Visit Buffalo Niagara is marking one of the region's unique properties: the smell of an iconic cereal in the downtown Buffalo air.

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Buffalo is not alone in its new vitality. Other cities are experiencing their own rebirth and that is heating up competition for tourist dollars.


On this first week of Black History Month, the bureau that promotes tourism locally is looking to stress the importance of Buffalo’s African American heritage.

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In June of 2017, Buffalo will play host to the National Homeland Security Conference. The meeting is expected to bring over 1000 homeland security and emergency management professionals to Buffalo and, with them, more than two million dollars in economic benefit to the Queen City.


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A new group has been launched to help expand Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing platforms across the state. The effort is being led by the Internet Association, which represents dozens of well known companies, from Amazon to Zenga.

Visit Buffalo Niagara has created a new campaign called “Bring It Home Buffalo” which focuses on the three Rs. Not reduce, reuse, recycle but rather revitalization, rebirth and resurgence.

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Summer is peak tourism season in Western New York and an aggressive effort is now underway to attract more visitors to the region.

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Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

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With tournaments involving bowling, swimming and diving, and lots of hockey, sports tourism is expected to pump $3 million into the region's economy this weekend.

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One glance at Visit Buffalo Niagara's website finds three simple words on the homepage: "Buffalo owns winter."


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Visit Buffalo Niagara, Western New York's primary tourism agency, opened its new downtown visitor center Tuesday, right in the heart of Lafayette Square.

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The Seneca Gaming Corporation is making a significant financial commitment to help promote local tourism by providing $3 million in funding to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

War of 1812 bicentennial wraps up with yearlong events

Apr 17, 2014
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The Buffalo History Museum kicked-off the last year of the War of 1812 bicentennial Wednesday with the firing of muskets.  This year a series of events will take place across western New York to commemorate the bloody battles of the war between the United States and Canada, and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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While some NCAA fans left disappointed because their teams didn't advance past Buffalo, Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler says he's happy because things went well and the visitors left behind more than $5 million.

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After a national search, Visit Buffalo Niagara has named Patrick Kaler its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

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