Syracuse in the News
Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes Meet Syracuse
Source: Travel and Tour World
The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is asking local businesses, organizations and individuals for assistance in bringing new convention business to Onondaga County with the revitalization of its Meet Syracuse program.
To submit a lead about a meeting, convention or event attended outside of Onondaga County, simply go to www.VisitSyracuse.org/meetsyracuse. If the information provided results in a bid proposal by the SCVB, the person who submits the lead will win a $100 gift card to a Syracuse restaurant or attraction.
"The concept is simple," said SCVB Vice President of Sales and Services Tracey Kegebein. "If community members are travelling outside of Onondaga County to attend meetings and conventions– we want to know the name of the event so that we can bring it here to fill our hotel rooms, restaurants, and attractions with visitors. Chances are very good that the Greater Syracuse area would be a perfect host community for the meeting’s next available open year."
The SCVB works with a wide-varity of associations from across the country to bring their conventions, ranging from 50 to 5,000 attendees to Syracuse. However, many groups require a local point person before they will commit to a certain city.
"Sometimes local association members are hesitant to volunteer their city as a meeting site because they may be overwhelmed at the planning involved," said Kegebein. "That is the best part of our Meet Syracuse program – the local contact can relax while the SCVB handles everything from coordinating rooms to meeting space to transportation, if necessary."
Meetings and conventions are big business for the Greater Syracuse area and an important economic generator for the community. In 2011, the SCVB led the production of more than $724 in direct visitor spending in Onondaga County which in turn supported nearly 17,000 local jobs. The tax revenue produced by local tourism in 2011 resulted in an average $500 tax savings for each Onondaga County household.
Led by the SCVB, a key component of the Meet Syracuse program is a team approach of Syracuse area hospitality partners meeting directly with local businesses, organizations and individuals to encourage their participation in the program.
"The Meet Syracuse program is a local initiative that we are 100% supportive of," said Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Marketing Manager and Meet Syracuse Chairperson Richard Duda. "Giving Onondaga County residents an opportunity to showcase their community to their professional organizations not only brings valuable revenue into our community, but also provides us with the chance to show each attendee why Syracuse is such a great place to live, work and play. Those who have embraced this program exhibit a great sense of community pride and have become real game changers for our tourism industry."
Join the many Central New Yorkers who have shared a lead and opened the door to introduce our community to state, regional and national associations.