President Barack Obama is heading to upstate New York next week to highlight tourism's role in boosting the economy.
In his weekly address, the president said he will travel to Cooperstown Thursday to deliver remarks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"I’ll be heading to Cooperstown, New York – home of the Baseball Hall of Fame – to talk about tourism," Obama said. "Because believe it or not, tourism is an export. And if we make it easier for more foreign visitors to visit and spend money at America’s attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone."
According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, this will be the first time a sitting president has visited the hall in its history. The museum will be closed to the public Thursday during the president's visit. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday.
The timing of the president's visit is great for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum, which opened in 1939, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Obama's trip to New York comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's second tourism summit, which was held Wednesday in New York City. Cuomo unveiled a new tourism ad campaign and said the state will invest $45 million to promote New York's tourism industry.
According to Cuomo's office, tourism generated $61.3 billion in direct spending and $7.7 billion in local and state tax revenue in 2013. The number of visitors to New York increased by 8.8 million — a 4.2 percent increase over last year's total.
Earlier this year, as part of a campaign designed to promote upstate New York sites, Cuomo released an ad featuring former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre promoting the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This is President Obama's latest trip to upstate New York. Last summer, he stopped in Binghamton, Buffalo and Syracuse to outline his college affordability plan.
During that two-day tour of upstate, the president spent the night in Auburn. While he didn't visit the Harriet Tubman Home or Seward House Museum, he did make an unscheduled stop at the Women's Right National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.