***Contact: Gina DaBiere-Gibbs Tourism Director 518-842-8200 ext. 12 http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/
Amsterdam, N.Y. -- Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Tourism Director for Montgomery County has announced that according to the May 2010 Economic Impact of Tourism in New York State report commissioned by Tourism Economics, visitor spending in Montgomery County in 2009 was $33,072,000. She adds that visitor spending consists of lodging, recreation, food and beverage, retail and service stations, transport, and second homes. Other tourism impact figures for the County are over $17.2 million in labor income and over $4.2 million combined state and local taxes. Not surprisingly, the report states that the recession affected the New York State tourism economy in a range of ways in 2009: visitor volumes fell across all segments, especially overnight visitors, per trip spending declined on account of shorter length of stay and general consumer caution, and spending contracted at an even greater rate due to discounting and generally lower prices for tourism-related goods and services. This was reflected in Montgomery County where visitor spending declined in 2009 compared to 2008 in afore mentioned areas. "But according to our local tourism facility survey, several attractions reported increased visitor numbers in 2009 compared to 2008," adds DaBiere-Gibbs. "Bed tax receipts also increased 16.5% in 2009 compared to 2008." DaBiere-Gibbs stresses the importance of supporting local tourism businesses and attractions. "While the economy has been tough on everyone, it is important to keep in mind the economic impact the tourism industry has on our County. It is important to support our local attractions, restaurants, and lodging facilities and contribute towards an economic turn around. As the summer season is upon us, tourism's busiest time of year, invite your out-of-town friends and family to stay in Montgomery County. We offer several lodging and dining options and our attractions and community organizations host events and festivals all summer long. By encouraging visiting friends and family to utilize local services, you help with economic sustainability. Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on our community as national chains while impacting job creation and sales tax revenue." For more information and a free event calendar call DaBiere-Gibbs at 842-8200 and log onto http://www.visitmontgomerycountyny.com/. Find us on Facebook by searching "Visit Montgomery County".