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Tourism Board invites public input on Outdoor Recreation Plan

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Tourism Board invites public input on Outdoor Recreation Plan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Comments are due by Monday, April 9.

Organizations or individuals interested in participating in the development of tourism in Ithaca and Tompkins County are invited to submit written comments on a draft of the County’s 2018 Outdoor Recreation Tourism Implementation Plan. A copy of the plan can be found on the Tourism Program website at www.TompkinsCountyNY.gov/tourism.

The Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB) has developed the draft plan with input from a variety of stakeholders and community members. The STPB is charged by the Tompkins County Legislature with providing oversight and strategic direction for tourism initiatives that promote economic development and enhance the quality of life in Tompkins County.

The draft plan identifies steps we can take collectively as a community in the next several years to develop and promote Ithaca and Tompkins County as a premier regional destination for outdoor recreation. To that end, it outlines a targeted approach for the use of County hotel room occupancy tax funds for strategic investment in outdoor recreation tourism product development and marketing.  In particular, the plan focuses on growing the organizational capacity of area partners to advance the outdoor recreation tourism agenda and on improving key physical outdoor recreation infrastructure, as well as prioritizes five key outdoor recreation activity areas: water-based recreation, hiking and running, bicycling, kids in nature, and niche and adventure tourism.

Written comments may be submitted in one of three ways:

  • Online via the Tourism Program email address tourism@tompkins-co.org
  • In person at the Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability Department (121 E. Court St.)
  • By mail to the Planning and Sustainability Department at the address given above.

To ensure consideration, comments must be received by 4pm, Monday, April 9.
For more information, contact the Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability Department at (607) 274-5560.