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ESD announces start of New York's 2017 fall foliage season

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Sat, Sep 23rd 2017 12:30 pm
#NYLovesFall photo contest encourages users to share best state foliage photos on social media
Empire State Development has announced the start of the 2017 fall foliage season in New York, coinciding the start of autumn and the "I Love New York" weekly fall foliage reports. Additionally, the popular #NYLovesFall social media campaign returns this year to further promote and encourage visitation to New York's picturesque autumn locations and attractions.
ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Fall is the perfect time to visit New York and experience nature's vibrant colors firsthand, which is why it's not surprising that so many visitors return year after year to enjoy the autumn splendor. New York's fall foliage season continues to be a huge boost to the state's tourism industry, and we look forward to welcoming the millions of travelers who support our regional economies and local businesses throughout the state."
New York has one of the best foliage seasons in the nation, thanks in part to its size and location. On any given weekend, from late September through mid-November, somewhere in the state is experiencing peak foliage. Fall is also one of the state's most popular travel times of the year, drawing visitors from around the world who support local businesses and attractions. Last autumn, New York welcomed an estimated 62 million visitors between September and November, generating an estimated $27.2 billion in economic impact across the state.
Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "New York state's fall foliage is second to none, and there are so many unique ways to take in the brilliant autumn color. Visitors can enjoy a scenic drive along country roads; a gondola or chairlift ride up a mountain; a vintage train ride or a cruise on a beautiful lake. And that's just the beginning of a great fall getaway that can include apple and pumpkin picking, exploring wine and craft beverage trails, attending harvest festivals and special Halloween events."
To promote the autumn sights and scenery found across the state, I Love New York will again host a social media campaign featuring photos taken by Twitter and Instagram users. Each week throughout the season, one outstanding New York fall foliage photo posted using the #NYLovesFall hashtag will be selected and shared on the I Love New York FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages on "Foliage Fridays."
To qualify, users must tag photos with the name of the location of where the image was taken.

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