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NYPA Teams With St. Lawrence International Partnership to Promote Tourism Initiative, “Attractions Passbook 2006”

Contact:
Jill Chamberlain
(315) 764-0226, ext. 300
jill.chamberlain@nypa.gov

April 10, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is collaborating with twenty-one tourism destinations on both sides of the St. Lawrence River to work in unison to promote tourism.  Known as the St. Lawrence International Partnership (SLIP), this organization has just released its striking “Attractions Passbook 2006.”

The “Attractions Passbook 2006” contains site profiles, maps and monthly events, giving the visitor an easy to follow handbook for use throughout the year.  New this year is NYPA’s admission-free Hawkins Point Visitors Center which just opened last year.  The new $5 million visitors center features many interactive displays on electricity plus an outstanding view of the giant St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project from across the South Channel of the St. Lawrence River.

SLIP’s non-profit cultural venues are located in the St. Lawrence River Valley, along the southern Ontario border and northern New York State.  In addition to the welcoming enthusiasm, visitors can expect distinctiveness in each attraction.  The international bond among the United States, Canada and Native North Americans showcases the diverse uniqueness through educating, explaining and exposing individuals to cultural traditions, lost societies, expressive art and stunning sculptures.   

Tourists travel from afar to delight in touring historic sites, a Gilded Age castle, enjoy local accounts, learn about electricity, appreciate antique boating, and learn about woodworking tools of yesteryear.  Climb the stairs of a windmill, retrace steps at a blockhouse and on the battlefield, discover a “19th Century” village, experience life behind bars, and savor the outdoors along state and provincial walking trails and parks.

Obtain your free “Attractions Passbook 2006” from your local Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Tourism Offices, TI Council on Interstate 81 North Visitor Centers, the Hawkins Point Visitors Center and area trade shows.  This passbook lists addresses, admissions, hours of operation, websites and site descriptions. In Canada, to acquire your copy, telephone (613) 382-2535 and in the United States, call (315) 393-2425.

Log on to www.slip-passport.org, and learn more about the SLIP attractions and special events.  Information on the Hawkins Point Visitors Center is available on www.nypa.gov .

About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. 

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