Introducing the Mobile Tourism Project to Gov. Cuomo

On Friday, May 8th Governor Cuomo held New York’s first New York State Tourism Summit: NYS Tourism Means Business in Albany, NY. The summit included the state’s top tourism and political leaders to monopolize on opportunities to grow, support and build New York’s economies via tourism.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Governor Cuomo and introduce Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a leader in tourism-cented solutions through mobile innovations and experiences. Faculty and students at the Blended Interactions Studio, are using interaction design and a host of ubiquitous and mobile technologies to personalize and engage the visitor experiences before, during, and after visits. The Blended Interactions Studio is supported by The Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project” which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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The Governor’s summit had two main topics, a) 33% – 35% of all visitors to the United States travel through New York area airports and b) Governor Cuomo announced that there is a $60,000,000 tourism budget to be used to support and build economies in New York State via tourism. One of the summit’s goal is to find innovative solutions to sensitize visitors that New York State has wonderful tourism destinations, cultural heritage and great wine! In other words, New York is bigger than Manhattan.

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After the summit, the 75-100 attendees were invited to Governor Cuomo’s mansion to sample New York culinary delights e.g., produce, ice cream, beers, meats, cheeses and wines!

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