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About Us

Welcome to the Cayuga County Office of Tourism 

About us: As the official tourism promotion agency for Cayuga County, located in beautiful upstate New York, our mission is to showcase the unique charm and endless possibilities that await visitors in our vibrant region. Through our dedicated team and comprehensive marketing initiatives, we strive to inspire travel and exploration to Cayuga County, encompassing its captivating cities, picturesque towns, and charming villages.

At the heart of our work lies a commitment to inclusivity and diversity. We embrace and value the richness of unique backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that our residents and visitors bring to our region. We believe celebrating our differences creates a stronger, more vibrant community that fosters understanding and connection.

Cayuga County Office of Tourism is consciously working towards creating a welcoming destination with equitable access for all. A destination where voices and perspectives are heard and valued.  We are continually working to be a resource for our tourism partners ensuring that at all points of a person’s visit they feel welcomed and included. 

In line with this commitment, we actively promote and support the best practices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within our tourism partners. We work hand in hand with local businesses, attractions, and accommodations to ensure that everyone feels welcome and respected. We aim to provide an environment where visitors can fully immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Cayuga County’s culture, history, and natural beauty.

We look forward to welcoming you, your family, and your friends to our inviting community, where each visit promises to be a journey filled with warmth, authenticity, and the true spirit of hospitality. Come and explore all that Cayuga County offers—your adventure awaits!

The Impact of visitor’s on Cayuga County’s Economy

Visitors directly spend an estimated $144 million in food, lodging, retail, recreation and entertainment purchases. Tourism generates $588 in local tax relief per household, and is responsible for nearly 1,500 jobs. Additionally, .20 cents of every dollar spent by visitors stays in Cayuga County.

The tourism industry affects economic development and job creation. Tourism employment in Cayuga County sustains and retains 1,470 jobs with over $39.7 million in paid wages and salaries to tourism industry employees.

Why Tourism is important
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Tour Cayuga is Certified by Travel Unity

Certified by Travel Unity (CBTU) is the travel and tourism industry’s only certification program for visitor-facing organizations that validates visitor-facing organizations’ efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Being Certified by Travel Unity demonstrates organizational alignment with Travel Unity’s DEI Standards for Visitor-Facing Organization‘s three pillars of Management & Workforce, Visitorship, and Community Impact.