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President Obama wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit the United States so they can come and spend more money at tourist sites. The president visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown Thursday, where he pitched tourism as an economic asset.

Cooperstown Bats is a store that has a symbiotic relationship with the baseball hall of fame across the street. Thursday morning, a high school baseball team was in town for a game at the hall’s Doubleday Field, but the players bought some souvenir bats first.

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Restoration efforts continue for Buffalo’s historic Central Terminal. The plans focus on bringing life back to the large train station while boosting cultural tourism in the area.

Buffalo’s Central Terminal opened its doors in 1929. During its heyday the train station was filled with a variety of businesses where people could drop off their dry cleaning, get their shoes shined, or grab a meal in the restaurant.

Tourism Economics

Tourism spending rose across every region of New York state last year, with overall growth of more than 6 percent according to new research. Traveler spending reached a new high of nearly 60-billion-dollars statewide and upstate New York saw some of the action.

The biggest areas for growth upstate were central New York, Niagara, and the Thousand Islands, with a bump of at least 5 percent in each region.

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Older Canadians will be able to spend more time in the United States under a proposal floated by New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer.

Right now, Canadians can stay in the U.S. up to six months. Many retired Canadians use up that time at winter homes in the Southwest or Florida.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at Old Fort Niagara near Niagara Falls on Monday to announce that the federal government is working to draw more visitors the Buffalo/Niagara region. 

Gillibrand, a Democrat, says a new campaign by Brand USA is expected to promote the Greater Niagara Region as an international destination.