Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site Guidebook  Kingston, N.Y. - The Hudson River Valley Greenway has unveiled its Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site Guidebook that provides information about the 100 National Heritage Area "Heritage Sites" in New York's Hudson River Valley. The unveiling was held at the Senate House and Museum in Kingston, one of the sites featured in the guidebook. The guidebook encourages visitors to explore the resources of the Hudson River Valley and visit local communities that they encounter along the way.  In addition to descriptions and full color photographs for each site, contact information is provided in a variety of formats (address, GPS coordinates, website, and phone number) to help visitors reach their destination as easily as possible. Furthermore, sites are identified as being "family friendly," "accessible by public transportation," or "part of the regional Greenway Trail System" to facilitate visitation. Those sites participating in the National Park Service Passport Stamp Program are also identified to provide visitors the opportunity to acquire cancellation stamps at no cost.  Visitors can explore the region by topic of interest with Heritage Area theme information included for each Heritage Site such as "Architecture," "Art, Artists, and the Hudson River School," and others.  Heritage Sites in this guidebook are organized by proximity to one another for visitors who wish to explore a variety of sites as they travel throughout the valley. The Heritage Site Guidebook is expected to encourage heritage tourism in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  Heritage tourists have been shown to spend more on trips than other types of tourists.  By targeting heritage tourists, this guidebook will help grow the $4.7 billion dollar tourism economy in the Hudson River Valley. "The cultural, historic, and scenic attractions of the Hudson River Valley are so numerous, so varied, and so compelling that it is little wonder the Valley has become one of the nation's most visited by heritage tourists," said Congressman Maurice Hinchey who led the effort to create the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. "This guidebook is a treasure that will help unlock a hundred treasures as it guides visitors throughout this beautiful region to the sites and attractions that many of us have already come to know and enjoy." Mark Castiglione, said, "Our natural and cultural resources are the elements that define our quality of life in the Hudson River Valley.  Promoting and celebrating those resources contributes to building a sustainable regional economy.  This guidebook will be another resource that residents and visitors alike can use to discover why the Hudson River Valley is the landscape that defined America.  Heritage tourists have been shown to stay longer and spend more. By connecting with them, we hope this guidebook will help grow the $4.7 billion dollar tourism economy in the Hudson River Valley."           Sarah Olson, Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, said "The National Park Service applauds the release of this new guidebook which promises to provide people both within and outside of the Hudson Valley valuable information about visiting and discovering the many wonders of this outstanding part of the world." Andy Beers, Acting Commissioner of NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, said "Page after page of this impressive guidebook reveals the rich cultural heritage of New York's Hudson Valley. As the manager of many of these destinations, we at State Parks are grateful to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for putting together a striking and user-friendly travel guide that will draw even more tourists to the Hudson Valley's communities." Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, said, "Tourism is a significant economic engine for the valley, responsible for 80,000 jobs. Heritage sites add to the region's quality of life, attract businesses and create jobs. This new guide will be a great tool for boosting a key sector of our tourism industry. Scenic Hudson is proud to participate in this sector of the economy by protecting land and creating parks around heritage sites to enhance these special places." Mary Kay Vrba, President of Hudson Valley Tourism, said "The Hudson River Valley is rich in history and this guide will aid the visitor in making their choices when choosing their vacation destination." The Heritage Site Guidebook features over 100 pages of information about the sites and themes of the region and costs only $9.95 plus shipping and handling. For more information and to purchase a copy, visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ExploreHeritageArea/Guidebook.aspx. For wholesale orders, please call (518) 473-3835. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded through the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.  The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/ for more information on the Greenway. Visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. ### Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                               (518) 473-3835