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State study finds tourism is essential piece of local economy

Sep 20, 2016 7:00 am

Katie Kocijanski is reporting in The Daily Mail tourism continues to be a strong economic driver for Greene County, according to a state-commissioned survey that focused on the Catskill region. The recently released report analyzed 2015 data from Greene, Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster counties, and found tourism in the Catskills is a $1.2 billion industry, supporting more than 17,000 jobs. "Overall [the] travel market in Greene County is strong and positive, over the last two years it was up overall," said Warren Hart, the county’s director of Economic Development, Tourism and Planning. Of the four counties examined in the study, Greene County was the most dependent on tourism, with 22 percent of all employment sustained by visitors. Hart said the county reported the highest job growth in the hospitality tourism sectors statewide this year. During the coming year the county will invest in new special travel campaigns. Successful campaigns this year focused on destination weddings, motorcycling and scenic driving routes. "In 2017, we are looking to invest more money in a craft beverage trail campaign for the region and putting more advertising toward local events like music festivals," Hart said. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.