Tourism is a $450 million industry in Saratoga County, generating over $2.8 million in annual local taxes, and supports almost 9,000 jobs. In Warren County, tourism is over $500 million industry, bringing over 3.6 million in local taxes, and supports more than 8,000 jobs. Visitors to the both areas take advantage of the natural environment as well as cultural attractions: groups are visiting museums, attending shows, events and performance arts, walking gardens and trails, shopping with our local merchants and dining in our restaurants, riding our local rail and rafting our waterways.
Todd Garofano, President of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau said, "We are excited to partner with our neighbors in the Lake George area as well as the folks from Destinations of NYS and I Love NY to host the Destinations Group Travel Show and FAM. Domestic and International tour operators and group leaders will see, first-hand, all of the unique, year-round attractions our region has to offer their customers."
Kate Johnson, Director of Warren County Tourism said "Northern New York State is an ever popular destination for consumers and group tours. The collaboration of the Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks and Saratoga Springs in the Capital-Saratoga Regions, will create memorable itineraries for future group tour excursions for many years to come."
"Trade shows deliver more than a great return on exhibitors' investments. Building relationships with colleagues is critical in any industry. And partnering with others is the best way for businesses to develop and accelerate growth," said Charlie Daley of DONYS.
In addition to the tours and trade show, there will be a "Trends in the Group Tour Industry" seminar offered to all exhibitors and local business or individuals interested in becoming more involved in the group travel market. Peter Pantuso, President and CEO of American Bus Association, North America's motorcoach, tour and travel association, will be presenting during the seminar. Joining Peter will be Cam Morris, manager at Eastern Travel/Oneonta Bus Lines and Stuart Weisberg, founder of One if By Land Tours, Inc, a student, adult and club travel company located in Matthews, NC. This seminar will take place on Monday, September 8th at the Saratoga Hilton. Interested attendees should contact the Destinations of New York State offices, (845) 246-8733
The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau is a key economic development engine for this community, the mission of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau is to contribute a positive impact on the local economy by promoting and marketing Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County as a world-class destination for meetings, conventions, events and groups. Visit www.discoversaratoga.org.
The Lake George Area is the southern gateway to the Adirondack Region of New York State. Tourism is a major source of employment and tax revenue for Warren County. The Warren County Tourism Department actively promotes and markets Warren County/The Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks, as a 4-season travel destination through a variety of programs and media.