Oneida County Tourism Prepares to Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week
Oneida County Tourism (OCT) has big plans to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) from May 5 to 11. Last week, OCT kicked off preparations for the 36thannual NTTW on its social media. OCT ran Instagram polls each day, asking their followers to vote on what local attractions staff should visit.
Beginning on Monday, May 6, OCT staff will visit unique attractions in Oneida County to showcase what’s in the area. They’ll interview owners and visitors and will be sharing everything on Facebook Live. Locations include Brimfield Farm Winery, Bellamy Harbor Park and Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts.
OCT also announced that for the first time ever, free postcards are available to visitors and the general public. There are currently six designs that highlight different themes in the county. Images for the postcards came from submissions from the photo contest and social media, and can be picked up at both offices (Union Station and Exit 31).
This year’s NTTW theme, “Travel Matters,” brings awareness to why travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being. Nationally, travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy in 2018 across all U.S. industries. Travel supports 15.7 million American jobs – that’s one in 10 American jobs, making travel the seventh largest employer in the private sector.
President of Oneida County Tourism Kelly Blazosky said, “The power of travel has a massive impact on our local community. In 2017, Empire State Development and I Love NY Division of Travel & Tourism research revealed that visitor spending in Oneida County increased by 5.8% to more than $1.5 billion.”
In 2017, 21,035 people worked directly or indirectly in the travel and tourism industry in Oneida County; that's 20.8% of all people working in Oneida County. Visitor spending generated $82.7 million in State taxes, while local tax revenues grew to $89.9 million in 2017 from tourism-related spending in county. All industry sectors in Oneida County realized an increase in 2017 and generated the following visitor spend:
• Lodging $413.7 million
• Recreation $376.4 million
• Food & Beverage $273.1 million
• Retail & Service $376.4 million
• Transportation $42.6 million
• Second Homes $21.6 million
Oneida County Tourism has also announced its annual Ambassador Tour for Tuesday, June 4. The purpose is to educate locals, specifically those who work with visitors, on area attractions. When residents take pride in where they live, they become an ambassador by promoting their destination to friends and families.