Hochul announces almost half a billion in tourism industry funding


Governor Kathy Hochul announced almost half a billion in state funds to boost the tourism industry and its workers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday.

The governor wants to provide as much as $450 million for the ailing sector as federal authorities have started allowing international visitors back into the United States if they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus on Nov. 8. 

“Since day one, I’ve had one thought as your governor… I want to make New York fun again,” said Hochul during her announcement of the initiative at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. “I want people to feel that vitality, that energy that all of us knew before the pandemic that we just embraced was part of our DNA.”