STATEWIDE -- Hundreds of tourism officials and business professionals across the state will gather for the 2014 Empire State Tourism Conference this week.
The conference runs Monday through Wednesday, and will discuss ways to promote tourism and traveler spending in New York.
Officials hope to find a way to keep spending dollars in New York State. In 2012, traveler spending contributed $57 billion to the state's economy. Participants in the conference will hear from experts, and learn more about marketing opportunities to make New York more attractive for travelers.
"When you're traveling, you really don't pay attention to where the county lines are, or the city lines are, it's all about an itinerary that brings you all across the state, north, south, east, and west. And, if we can link our itineraries with our partners, the visitor benefits, and all of us benefit," said Carol Eaton, the marketing vice president for Syracuse Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.
The goal is to try to successful tourism efforts, and make those widespread across the entire state. what works and make it more widespread across the state.