Lake George tourism aims for positive tourism following summer

Published on : Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lake George tourismThe summer tourism season in Lake George ended with a breezy and sunny Labor Day, and the village hopes to retain this momentum with Elvis Fest and Americade.

 
“We have a lot going on in September,” said Amanda Metzger, a spokeswoman for the Lake George Chamber of Commerce. “Things don’t end just because we pass Labor Day.”

 
As far as the time between the Fourth of July and Labor Day, rain and damp weather in July didn’t help, but the season ended strong.

 
Gina Mintzer, who has spent the past 19 years as director of sales for the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, will start as the new executive director and work for two weeks with Consuelo, including a trip to the New York State Destination Marketing Association’s annual meeting.

 
The county collects a 4 percent room tax on hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast rooms, which went up 4.3 percent through the end of June. Fourth of July weekend, which was extended for a day because July 4 was a Tuesday, started with rainy weather, followed by three days of sun.

 
As far as summer music went, two concert events were canceled by promoters, but one was replaced by the Marshall Tucker Band. A film festival was also canceled.

 
The summer season is over, but there are enough events to keep tourists entertained. Lake George Restaurant Week runs from this coming Sunday through Sept. 16. Great Escape’s Oktoberfest is Sept. 16-17, and the new ADK 5K race is Sept. 16. The Ragnar Relay will come through the region Sept. 22-24, and the Marshall Tucker Band’s 45th Anniversary Tour will be at Festival Commons.

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