Finger Lakes tourism spending increases by 2.1%

Published on : Thursday, September 14, 2017

Finger Lakes tourismFinger Lakes Visitors Connection said that the New York State’s tourism economy saw an increase in 2016. Traveler spending reached a new high for the state at $65 billion, increasing 2.7 percent.

As for the Finger Lakes region, tourist spending grew by 2.1 percent, and Ontario County represented 7 percent of the region’s tourism sales. Currently, in the region, 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 increased 3.8 percent in Ontario County.

Valerie Knoblauch, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection president said in a statement, “These positive indicators are a testament to the wide assortment of fantastic visitor attractions and experiences we have in Ontario County. 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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