On February 24, Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans for an I LOVE NY Black travel initiative that has been set in place with the hopes of growing New York State tourism while motivating Black travelers to visit the area. 

The Governor announced the initiative at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which was a part of the state’s commemoration of this year’s Black History Month. This new program will encourage growth of the state’s tourism programs like I LOVE NY LGBTQ, and Accessible NY, by highlighting destinations of interest to and supportive of specific traveling communities.

“The new I LOVE NY Black travel initiative will be a celebration of New York’s unparalleled Black history, culture, food, and arts,” Hochul said. “From sites and museums that bring Black history to life to world-class arts and cultural institutions like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York has so much to offer. I look forward to working with our partners to welcome even more visitors to experience Black culture in our state.”

Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado chimed in on the conversation. “I am proud our state will proactively highlight the incredible diversity we have to offer and encourage travelers from around the world to experience and appreciate New York’s Black culture,” he said.

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