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GLIN==> Press release: 2008 Cross-Border Travel Tips Now Online



Title: Press release: 2008 Cross-Border Travel Tips Now Online
PRESS RELEASE: May 8, 2008
Contact:  Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000;
Dave White, New York Sea Grant, 315-312-3042
 
2008 Cross-Border Travel Tips Now Online

Oswego, NY -- Canadian visitation by land crossing to the U.S. was 13 percent higher in January 2008 over January 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Seaway Trail tourism promoters hope that trend continues throughout the year. To facilitate cross-border travel, Seaway Trail, Inc. and New York Sea Grant have worked in partnership with U.S. and Canadian border officials to issue the 2008 edition of Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners and Motorists.
 
The expanded tips now online at www.seawaytrail.com include the types of single and combined forms of IDs required for border crossing between Canada and the U.S. The Tips include resources for future forms of travel documents such as enhanced driver’s licenses.
 
Each of the seven international bridges, the Cape Vincent and Heart Island Ports of Entry, and Horne’s International Ferry are listed with contact phone numbers.
 
Pleasure boaters and frequent travelers between Canada and the U.S. will find basic info and resources in the brochure, including resources for checking auto crossing wait times.
 
The Tips identify the 20 of 23 Seaway Trail ports equipped with videophones for reporting boat arrivals. The Seaway Trail Ports of Entry in New York include Dunkirk, Buffalo, North Tonawanda, Lewiston, Youngstown, Wilson, Olcott, Point Breeze, Rochester, Sodus Point, Oswego, Sackets Harbor, Cape Vincent, Clayton, Alexandria Bay, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Waddington and Massena. The Seaway Trail Pennsylvania Ports of Entry on Lake Erie are Presque Isle, Dobbins Landing, Perry’s Landing and Lampe Marina.
 
A travel resources section identifies boating, water sports, birdwatching, maritime and military history, architecture, regional foods and farms, arts and culture among the themes for traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, the 518-mile freshwater byway that parallels St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie.
 
Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell says, “These updated Travel Tips are designed to encourage our Canadian neighbors to continue to enjoy our tourism resources. Cross-border visitors bring welcome and needed dollars into our regional economy.”
 
New York Sea Grant Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White says, “This two-nation, multi-organization and agency partnership is a great example of how we can continue to enjoy strong cross-border tourism by making resources available to the boating, driving, camping and touring public.”
 
The 2008 Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners and Motorists brochure is downloadable as an 8.5x14-inch pdf from www.seawaytrail.com. # # #