Geotourism sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well being of its residents.

Attractive places and quality of life are at a premium in today’s economy.

As gateways to one of New York State's top attractions, Letchworth State Park, our communities have a special opportunity to promote their proximity to the Park and the region’s natural assets as the market for food tourism, sustainability, and off-the-beaten track experiences continues to grow.

While these trends present exciting economic potential, it is also important for our communities to evaluate the best tourism-related market opportunities and visitor segments to help us forge a robust, sustainable economy, while preserving our natural assets and quality of life. 

To help guide this effort, the Letchworth Gateway Villages initiative will launch Western New York’s first Geotourism program for the municipalities surrounding Letchworth State Park. Through this process participating municipalities will develop a regional brand and interactive digital platform that highlights our gateway communities' unique attributes, attractions, and businesses. The program will also provide a forum for strategic planning and implementation of a sustainable tourism strategy for the gateway community region.



Geotourism is a sustainable destination and content marketing program designed to support the natural resource assets, cultural attractions and historically important places that make a region a unique and vibrant tourism destination.

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Leading LGV's Geotourism Program are sustainable tourism experts Jim Dion, founder and principal of Destination Solutions, LLC and Michele Archie Geotourism Lead at Harbinger Consultancy. 

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Public Forum
(open to community)
April 26th, 6 - 7:30pm

Planning and Visioning Workshop
(by invitation only)
April 27th, 9am - 2pm

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Are you a municipality, business, organization or local area enthusiast interested in getting involved in Letchworth Gateway Village's Geotourism program? If so, sign in below and we will get in touch with you on next steps. 

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