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Published on : Thursday, April 13, 2017
May 9th of this year, Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) will be observing the National Travel & Tourism Week by organizing a series of activities on National Travel Rally Day. The event will start from 8:30 a.m. providing a special breakfast. Here the annual Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction will be represented in seven groups.
The Brochure Exchange event will start after the breakfast at 10:00 a.m. In this exchange program, tourism associated businesses based in Dutchess County are invited to bring at least 250 of their brochures in order to share and cross-promote to the visitors. The venue for all the events is Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum close to Henry A. Wallace Visitors Center based Hyde Park.
From the year 1984, tourism has been a continuous major economic driver for the county and has witnessed incessant growth since the time the agency started promoting the area. In 2015, an average of $528 million was spent on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions. As per latest statistics, more than 4.5 million people visit this place annually. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employing more than 10,000 people within Dutchess County. To quote Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, ‘The Awards of Distinction are a way for us to celebrate the excellent work our tourism partners are doing to create a Distinctly Dutchess experience for the millions of visitors that travel to the Hudson Valley every year.’