Eighty percent of New York teachers will be on winter vacation next week, and Ithaca is sponsoring a citywide tourism promotion to attract them.
The promotion, "Winter Recess", has discounts for teachers at dozens of hotels, restaurants, and shops, and 75 special events, most of them free.
The events range from the decidedly educational, such as a tour of Cornell's Mars Exploration facility, to the decidedly recreational, such as spa and winery visits.
The promotion for vacationing teachers has been recognized in the national press as the first of its kind. Organizers have reported a large response, and expect 700 or more visitors.
For more information, see www.ithacalovesteachers.com.
for Ithaca Blog