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2017 World Canals Conference

September 24-28
Marriott Syracuse Downtown (former Hotel Syracuse), Syracuse, NY

Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation is a five-day world-class conference 200 years in the making. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and enjoy endless exploration of Central New York.


Past Workshops

Erie Canalway Downtown Investment Forum:
Enhancing Downtown with Food and Lodging

June 4, 2015
Coltivare Culinary Center
Ithaca, NY

The forum explored the role of food and lodging in enhancing downtowns for residents and visitors. Conference program included strategies for product development and marketing and conversations with guest speakers Jonathan Tourtellot, Geotourism Editor of National Geographic Traveler, Main Street expert Kennedy Smith of The CLUE Group, LLC, and panelists from the Canalway Corridor.

Missed the Forum? Watch it here:

Welcome & Introduction
A Vibrant Downtown, Kennedy Smith
Downtown Lodging
Downtown Food