In the coming weeks, the Adirondacks will say goodbye to the gorgeous fall foliage as they await the winter weather. And it's the first winter season since the start of Governor Cuomo's $60 million tourism industry campaign. YNN's Erin Moran has more on what local tourist attractions are expecting this winter in the North Country.
WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -- There may not be snow on the ground, but the crew at Gore Mountain is ready to say goodbye to leaf weather and hello to ski weather.
“This coming weekend is the grand finale of our summer and fall operations as we look forward to the next season to come,” said Emily Stanton, Marketing Manager for Gore Mountain.
Prepping for their harvest fest this coming weekend, Stanton said Gore mountain's off-season has been steadily growing, thanks in part to Governor Cuomo's emphasis on year-round tourism in New York.
“We're trying to do it in an affordable and sustainable way, growing slowly with the investments that we can afford and that the crowd would be receptive too,” said Stanton.
“We have a tremendous amount of assets related to outdoor recreation but the indoor, year-round assets are also very strong,” said Gavin Landry, Executive Director of Empire State Development’s Tourism Division.
Landry was in Glens Falls Thursday for a Lakes to Locks Passage meeting and spoke on the future of tourism in New York.
“It’s the fifth largest employer with 700,000 jobs and $70 billion in direct economic impact,” said Landry. “The tourism industry is well recognized in New York State as one of the most important industries that we have and one that needs to be promoted and protected.”
Landry said after Governor Cuomo launched New York's largest tourism campaign in decades back in May, investing $60 million to grow the industry, it looks more promising than ever for New York, especially for the communities who rely on it and thrive on it most.
“The more skiing opportunities in this area, the better off we all are. The other recreational opportunities, as they continue to grow and reach out to a wider demographic of people, yeah, we're all a big team in this,” said Stanton.