***Contact: Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Tourism Director (518) 853-1800, ext. 12
Fonda, NY -- The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce announces statistics for the new tourism Web site, http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/, which was created to enhance the user friendly experience and increase the web presence of Montgomery County. The reporting period is for January 1 thru mid-May 2009. "The tourism Web site went live on December 31, 2008. The site was active but the beginning period was used to work out the glitches ion the system and to post as much information as possible prior to its official February launch," states Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Tourism Director. According to Google Analytics reporting, spikes in Web site viewing were seen in the days after the official Web site launch February 24, the launch of http://www.vactionnytoday.com/ in March and most recently in May accredited to major media buys arriving in households across the country. Vactionnytoday.com is an online media buy used to increase the awareness of the new tourism Web site and Montgomery County tourism in general. The site has been viewed by 11 countries outside of the United States, Canada being the second to the United States to view the site followed by India and France. 36 states have viewed the tourism site with the top five being New York, Washington, Ohio, California, and Pennsylvania. The site has also been viewed by states as close as Massachusetts and as far away as Alaska. The top New York hits are from the Capital District and New York City areas. The Poughkeepsie region has another high concentration of viewers. Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Utica are in the top 20 cities of viewing numbers. The site is being accessed directly by 40.99% of the visitors. Search engines count for 28.31% of views and referral sites 30.70% of views. People directly accessing the site are spending an average of 6.15 minutes viewing an average of 5.86 pages. Referral site visitors spend an average of 2 minutes viewing 2.73 pages and search engines visitors view an average of 4.02 pages in an average of 3.05 minutes. The top search engine is Google followed by Yahoo and MSN. The top referral site is http://www.vacationnytoday.com/ followed by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's site http://www.montgomerycountyny.com/. Key search terms pertain to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. For more tourism information contact Gina at (518) 853-1800, ext. 12 and log onto http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/.