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Finger Lakes tourism climbs by 2.1%

Finger Lakes Visitors Connection reported today that New York State’s tourism economy saw an increase in 2016.

Traveler spending reached a new high for the state at $65 billion, rising 2.7 percent, according to Tourism Economics.

As for the Finger Lakes region, traveler spending grew by 2.1 percent, and Ontario County represented 7 percent of the region’s tourism sales. Currently, tourism is a $3 billion industry, employing over 59,000 workers. From 2015 to 2016, traveler spending was up 3.2 percent and local tax revenue rose 3.8 percent in Ontario County.

“These positive indicators are a testament to the wide assortment of fantastic visitor attractions and experiences we have in Ontario County,” said Valerie Knoblauch, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection president, in a statement. “People from all over the country, and the world, have heard about our part of New York State, and they’re excited to come and take part in all we have to offer. I’m not surprised to see our numbers are up.”

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