Australian travel advisors unlock upstate New York

I Love New York Australia famil explores six regions beyond Manhattan

I Love New York Australia has given six Australian travel agents a taster of the best of upstate New York with its incentive famil last month.

Hosted over the course of a week and to the striking backdrop of New York State’s famous fall foliage, the agents explored six regions beyond Manhattan’s bright lights. Starting just an hour out of New York City, in Long Island, the agents enjoyed the full bounty of fall’s harvest with pumpkin picking, before exploring a selection of the Hamptons’ most iconic mansions; a peek at the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. In Hudson Valley, the agents delved into the arts and history of the region and experienced the fall colours and Hudson River via a unique view – a flight in a historic aircraft.

The Catskills region was the next stop, where the agents savoured a true American outdoors experience, staying overnight in cabins and making their own s’mores. In the Finger Lakes, the agents explored world-class wineries while taking in sweeping views of the fall colours over the region’s lakes. Buffalo, the group’s second to last stop, served up incredible architecture and art, while at Niagara Falls, the last stop on the famil, the agents experienced the roar of the world’s second-largest waterfall and the famed Maid of the Mist.

More than 350 agents completed I Love New York Australia’s training platform for a chance to win a spot on the ‘Best of Long Island and Upstate New York’ famil.

Australian Representative for New York State Division of Tourism, Ben Urquhart, said the response showed there is a clear interest among agents in what to see, eat and do outside of New York City.

“New York City continues to win the hearts of Australians, and there’s so much to see and do beyond its limits. Whether you have only a couple of days, a week or more, there are amazing landscapes and outdoor experiences, culture, arts and food and dining to be discovered in New York State.”

To explore more of New York State, visit iloveny.com. To sign up for updates on news from New York State, complete I Love New York Australia’s online training module via au.ilovenewyorktraining.com.

To learn more about New York State, contact Ben Urquhart on email at ben.urquhart@gtitourism.com.au

Lead image: Relaxing in a winery in the Hamptons, Long Island from left to right are: Vicki Hope, TravelManagers; Maria Bonazing, TravelManagers; Lillie Smith. TravelManagers; Jenn Rothan, Discover Long Island; James Sorrel, I Love New York HQ; Natalie Likht, Rose Bay Travel; Rachael Muller, Travel Counsellors and Antonella Damiano, TravelManagers.

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