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Buffalo Niagara tourism builds back from Covid crash, but faces challenges
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — As the weather gets warmer, tourism in the Buffalo Niagara region becomes more visible – whether it's the blue ponchos at the Maid of the Mist or convention attendees making their way down Franklin street to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
The impact from the pandemic continues to be felt, even as crossing restrictions at the Canadian border have been lifted. Leisure and hospitality jobs are down 9% from pre-pandemic levels, according to the state Labor Department.
Employers have had to adapt their strategies to attract and retain workers, said Seth Piccirillo, director of economic development at the regional chamber of commerce, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
"You have many employers competing in the space," he said at a recent Buffalo Niagara Partnership event discussing tourism and hospitality. "We're seeing some jobs that are sitting in the market for a long time, seasonal and non-seasonal. And then you do have some retirements coming."
BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — As Tops Markets’ president and chief operating officer, John Persons led the company through a time of grief, following the May 14, 2022 racist attack that killed 10 Black people at its Jefferson Avenue store. Persons received the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s inaugural Industry Leader award on Thursday, at the business group’s economic development summit.
The BNP hosted its first Economic Development Summit on December 7 as the culmination of the 2023 Industry Leaders Forum (ILF) schedule. An impressive group of Western New York business leaders came together to discuss the current status of the economy as we collectively strategize for 2024.
BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — When Buffalo teamed up with Rochester and Syracuse to be named one of 31 “tech hubs” around the country by a federal agency, it proved that regional collaboration can pay off.
But that was just the start.
BankOnBuffalo is a presenting sponsor of the BNP Industry Leaders Forum, convening regional business leaders with their peers to strategize for the future success of their industry and the overall economic vitality of the regional economy.