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Cayuga CC Daytrip to Explore Business Development and Finger Lakes Tourism Industry

DATE: 01-23-2012

The 9,000 square-mile Finger Lakes Region attracts thousands of people from across the state and nation each year, and many area residents have found ways to tap into this influx of tourists and build thriving businesses in bed and breakfast accommodations, wineries, recreational activities, and cultural and arts venues, to name a few. In fact, the Finger Lakes region has more than 135 museums, 80 art galleries, 300 bed and breakfasts, 160 golf courses, and dozens of charter fishing and tour boats.

Cayuga Community College invites you to consider whether you could be part of the tourism economy as well.

The College will host "Entrepreneurial Road Trip: Learning from Entrepreneurs in the Tourism Industry" from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. The one-day tour for people interested in learning more about the region's tourism and hospitality industry includes stops at three Cayuga County destinations.

The first stop will be the Seward House Museum in Auburn, home of William H. Seward. This museum holds a collection of memorabilia from Seward's 40-year political career and caters to tourists year-round. Next stop on the tour will be the Aurora Inn for lunch and a tour of the completely remodeled Historic Inn. Finally, the group will end the day at MacKenzie Childs to tour the Farmhouse and production studio as well as visit the retail shop.

The cost is $19 and includes lunch and transportation. The tour departs from the Auburn Campus of Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn.

Contact Stephanie Schuster, coordinator of community education, at 315-294-8841 for more information. You can register online at

The trip is sponsored in part by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Coleman Foundation.