Patrick Kaler

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For years, Buffalo has been the number one city in the US for Labatt. With a new office and brew pub opening up soon downtown, local Labatt officials were able to convince their parent company North American Breweries to hold its National Sales Meeting in Buffalo this October.


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The local economy gets a significant boost from our neighbors to the north, but a recent survey shows a majority of Canadians are planning to cut back on visiting the United States.

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The New York Times has placed Buffalo on its latest list of "52 Places to Go in 2018."

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.


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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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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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Proponents believe an increase in Erie County's hotel bed tax could go a long way toward cleaning up the region's problematic wastewater overflows. Opponents argue the proposal would hamper the area's competitiveness in the tourism industry.


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Buffalo ranks #1 in a new poll of America's Favorite Cities by Travel+Leisure.

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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.


Motorists on the Thruway are seeing signs near the site of the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn in an initiative that pays tribute to an icon in African-American history.

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.

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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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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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A preview of the 13th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival was held in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. The event takes place on August 30 and 31 at Coca Cola Field.

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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.

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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.