Tourism a Billion Dollar Industry, Job Generator for Oneida County

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UticaPride

Utica, NY

#1 Jul 26, 2013
Tourism in Oneida County was a $1.17 billion industry last year,
supporting more than 12,458 direct jobs.
Traveler spending rose 5.7 percent over 2011, when $1.1
billion was generated. The report looks at tourism on a
region-by-region basis across New York.
Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism, says the county’s
diverse year-round and seasonal attractions, festivals and events, its
central location between Albany and Buffalo, and easy Thruway access are all key factors in boosting traveler spending.
"It’s nice that we have diversity across the county and throughout the
region," she said.
She points to year-round appeal of gaming venues like Turning Stone Resort Casino and Vernon Downs, but seasonal draws like snowmobiling, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and Sylvan Beach as
reasons why 2012 was the third consecutive year that tourism’s impact
on the county topped $1 billion. She also pointed to the major exhibits
that Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute has hosted in recent years.
She said shows at the Utica museum like the current one featuring
prints by Andy Warhol.
Traveler spending in the eight counties that make up the Central New
York region surpassed $1.9 billion last year, up 5 percent from 2011.
"Visitor spending helps to create and maintain jobs throughout the
county and region," said Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President
William K. Guglielmo. "People who work in the hospitality industry
benefit, and they are customers at other business establishments that
may not be directly involved in tourism."
He points to Saturday’s annual Honor America Days parade and symphony
concert, followed by fireworks, this past weekend’s World Series of
Bocce, and the Rotary Club’s Canalfest Aug. 2 to 4 at Bellamy Harbor
Park as among the major local events that have impact.
"People plan their family get-togethers, school reunions, weddings, and
the like during July and August so they can also enjoy these huge
community events," said the chamber executive.
County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. agrees that the county benefits
from a widespread appeal through the mix of year-round activities and
short-term events and festivals.
"All of these things contribute," he said.
Other highlights from the 2012 report include:
¿ Oneida County tourism-related spending generated $589 million in
labor income.
¿ In Oneida County, 14.7 percent of all labor income was generated by
visitors.
¿ In Oneida County, 17.2 percent of all employment, direct and
indirect, was sustained by visitors.
¿ Oneida County produced almost 61 percent of Central New York’s
traveler spending. For tourism purposes, the state groups Broome,
Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie
counties in the Central New York region.
¿ Tourism generated $137.4 million in state and local taxes in Oneida
County last year.
¿ Were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average
household in Oneida County would have to pay an additional $1,501 to
maintain the same level of government revenue.
5 percent growth in this industry sector over the previous year
demonstrates that more people are traveling to and spending their money
in Oneida County," said Steven J. DiMeo. "Superb culture, arts,
recreation and entertainment are important quality of life assets and
Oneida County has proven they are sustainable in our community."
new hotels serving both business and leisure travelers recently
constructed recently in New Hartford, Utica and Verona and the $25
million expansion project at Turning Stone emphasize that Oneida County
is a destination in Central New York.
Blazosky expects a positive boost well beyond the ice at the Utica
Memorial Auditorium when the newest team in the American Hockey League
starts skating this fall in its home rink. She points out that fans
spend money on food, gas and merchandise, and maybe lodging — not to
mention the goods and services bought by the team.
Truth

Utica, NY

#2 Jul 26, 2013
You have got to be kidding.

This is the same old tactic of trotting out numbers that can't be verified or disproven. They are at best, opinions. There is just no really accurate way to measure what they claim to have measured. Notice the decimal points in the percentages that portray accuracy when in reality these are prorated guesses based on opinion.

People are just not getting off the NYS Thruway or flying into Syracuse and then driving to Utica for tourism. It is in the best interest of everyone quoted in this post to try to make everyone believe that though.

One example:
"Blazosky expects a positive boost well beyond the ice at the Utica
Memorial Auditorium when the newest team in the American Hockey League
starts skating this fall in its home rink. She points out that fans
spend money on food, gas and merchandise, and maybe lodging — not to
mention the goods and services bought by the team."

Is anyone tracking the return on the $7.25 million (so far) taxpayer funded investment to get this team here. In any real business the true profit is shown after the initial investment is recovered.

This post is just more of the same smokescreen in an attempt to mask the truth and the real problems that make Utica and this region the financial disaster that it is. Anyone can say anything they want and as many times as they want but the real truth is in what we can see with our own eyes and what we are paying.
UticaPride

Utica, NY

#3 Jul 26, 2013
Truth wrote:
You have got to be kidding.
This is the same old tactic of trotting out numbers that can't be verified or disproven. They are at best, opinions. There is just no really accurate way to measure what they claim to have measured. Notice the decimal points in the percentages that portray accuracy when in reality these are prorated guesses based on opinion.
People are just not getting off the NYS Thruway or flying into Syracuse and then driving to Utica for tourism. It is in the best interest of everyone quoted in this post to try to make everyone believe that though.
One example:
"Blazosky expects a positive boost well beyond the ice at the Utica
Memorial Auditorium when the newest team in the American Hockey League
Truth is you hate any type of postive news.
starts skating this fall in its home rink. She points out that fans
spend money on food, gas and merchandise, and maybe lodging — not to
mention the goods and services bought by the team."
Is anyone tracking the return on the $7.25 million (so far) taxpayer funded investment to get this team here. In any real business the true profit is shown after the initial investment is recovered.
This post is just more of the same smokescreen in an attempt to mask the truth and the real problems that make Utica and this region the financial disaster that it is. Anyone can say anything they want and as many times as they want but the real truth is in what we can see with our own eyes and what we are paying.
Truth is you hate any type of positive news and that a fact.
Fun Weekend ahead

Utica, NY

#4 Jul 26, 2013
So much going on this weekend.
Irish Fest.
Honor America Days
Oneida county Fair.
Cooperstown inductions.
I love central NY
Greater Utica Area

Utica, NY

#5 Jul 28, 2013
Can you say time for a convention center in Utica!
Land of analphabetism

Long Island City, NY

#6 Jul 28, 2013
Top 25 reasons CNY was passed over by the largest chip maker in the world recently-

#1 Highest gas tax in the country
#2 Highest per capita sex offender rate in the 3rd most sex offender packed state in the nation. More pervert per capita than any place but California and occasionally Oneida County has more if you count 2010.
315 Is A Joke

Schenectady, NY

#7 Jul 28, 2013
UticaPride wrote:
Tourism in Oneida County was a $1.17 billion industry last year,
supporting more than 12,458 direct jobs.
Traveler spending rose 5.7 percent over 2011, when $1.1
billion was generated. The report looks at tourism on a
region-by-region basis across New York.
Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism, says the county’s
diverse year-round and seasonal attractions, festivals and events, its
central location between Albany and Buffalo, and easy Thruway access are all key factors in boosting traveler spending.
"It’s nice that we have diversity across the county and throughout the
region," she said.
She points to year-round appeal of gaming venues like Turning Stone Resort Casino and Vernon Downs, but seasonal draws like snowmobiling, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and Sylvan Beach as
reasons why 2012 was the third consecutive year that tourism’s impact
on the county topped $1 billion. She also pointed to the major exhibits
that Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute has hosted in recent years.
She said shows at the Utica museum like the current one featuring
prints by Andy Warhol.
Traveler spending in the eight counties that make up the Central New
York region surpassed $1.9 billion last year, up 5 percent from 2011.
"Visitor spending helps to create and maintain jobs throughout the
county and region," said Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President
William K. Guglielmo. "People who work in the hospitality industry
benefit, and they are customers at other business establishments that
may not be directly involved in tourism."
He points to Saturday’s annual Honor America Days parade and symphony
concert, followed by fireworks, this past weekend’s World Series of
Bocce, and the Rotary Club’s Canalfest Aug. 2 to 4 at Bellamy Harbor
Park as among the major local events that have impact.
"People plan their family get-togethers, school reunions, weddings, and
the like during July and August so they can also enjoy these huge
community events," said the chamber executive.
County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. agrees that the county benefits
from a widespread appeal through the mix of year-round activities and
short-term events and festivals.
"All of these things contribute," he said.
Other highlights from the 2012 report include:
¿ Oneida County tourism-related spending generated $589 million in
labor income.
¿ In Oneida County, 14.7 percent of all labor income was generated by
visitors.
¿ In Oneida County, 17.2 percent of all employment, direct and
indirect, was sustained by visitors.
¿ Oneida County produced almost 61 percent of Central New York’s
traveler spending. For tourism purposes, the state groups Broome,
Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie
counties in the Central New York region.
¿ Tourism generated $137.4 million in state and local taxes in Oneida
County last year.
¿ Were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average
household in Oneida County would have to pay an additional $1,501 to
maintain the same level of government revenue.
5 percent growth in this industry sector over the previous year
demonstrates that more people are traveling to and spending their money
in Oneida County," said Steven J. DiMeo. "Superb culture, arts,
recreation and entertainment are important quality of life assets and
Oneida County has proven they are sustainable in our community."
new hotels serving both business and leisure travelers recently
constructed recently in New Hartford, Utica and Verona and the $25
million expansion project at Turning Stone emphasize that Oneida County
is a destination in Central New York.
Blazosky expects a positive boost well beyond the ice at the Utica
Memorial Auditorium when the newest team in the American Hockey League
starts skating this fall in its home rink. She points out that fans
spend money on food, gas and merchandise, and maybe lodging — not to
mention the goods and services bought by the team.
Lol. Wow. Lol
Land of analphabetism

Long Island City, NY

#8 Jul 28, 2013
Greater Utica Area wrote:
Can you say time for a convention center in Utica!
No but we can say you smoke crack and have the highest illiteracy rate in the state if you weight out the Bronx with the correct population skew and academic campus adjustment.
315 Is A Joke

Schenectady, NY

#9 Jul 28, 2013
Land of analphabetism wrote:
Top 25 reasons CNY was passed over by the largest chip maker in the world recently-
#1 Highest gas tax in the country
#2 Highest per capita sex offender rate in the 3rd most sex offender packed state in the nation. More pervert per capita than any place but California and occasionally Oneida County has more if you count 2010.
Utica loves sex offenders. Government money! Lol
Land of analphabetism

Long Island City, NY

#11 Jul 28, 2013
#3 HIGHEST level of public graft and corruption in the entire United States, HIGHEST disparity between arrests and convictions of public officials.

#4 HIGHEST level of racial discrimination in the Northeast measured by criminal complaints, civil rights torts and social media postings across top 5 SM platforms.
315 Is A Joke

Schenectady, NY

#12 Jul 28, 2013
Idiot wrote:
<quoted text>
More pseudo intellect from the in bred self haters of central NY! Go back to pounding your pud over Hillary's election poster! Fortunately, this area has a lot more going for it then the bottom dwellers around here.
Please elaborate what the region has going for it. This should be a very short list. Lol
Land of analphabetism

Long Island City, NY

#14 Jul 28, 2013
#5 The HIGHEST state and local income taxes of anywhere in the state and country PERIOD! 13.9% of their income on state and local taxes.
12065 almost Saratoga

Utica, NY

#15 Jul 28, 2013
315 Is A Joke wrote:
<quoted text>
Please elaborate what the region has going for it. This should be a very short list. Lol
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Vendors needed for Ladies Night Out 2013 – November 1, 2013 – Historic Grooms Tavern
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Missed knitting and Crocheting on July 23 . Only thing to do now is go on Utica topic because I am bored out of my mind living here.
Greater Utica Area

Utica, NY

#16 Jul 28, 2013
Land of analphabetism wrote:
#3 HIGHEST level of public graft and corruption in the entire United States, HIGHEST disparity between arrests and convictions of public officials.
#4 HIGHEST level of racial discrimination in the Northeast measured by criminal complaints, civil rights torts and social media postings across top 5 SM platforms.
The zogby group just did a report that Utica was one of the most tolerant communities in the country for diversity. We have over 46 languages spoken in our schools. Your report does have any merit and is not factual..
315 Is A Joke

Schenectady, NY

#17 Jul 28, 2013
12065 almost Saratoga wrote:
<quoted text>
Comic Jam Workshop at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library August 3
Candyland Stop-in program at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - Aug. 2
Question of the Month: I would like to get my wife a new laptop to use at home, what do you recommend?
National Night Out and Shoot Out at The Common – Tuesday, August 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.– Free Prizes, Basketball Contest/Clinic and more!
Wagging their Tails for Tales: Therapy Dog Program at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - Aug. 1
Genealogy Assistance program at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - Aug. 1
From Highway Superintendent Rick Kukuk – Moe Road Paving – Your Tax Dollars at Work
Dig Into Art at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 31
Parachute Play! at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 31
Dig Into Art at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 31
Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival - August 2-3
Duell Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
INTERRUPTION OF WATER SERVICE - July 22
The Backyard Oasis
Saratoga County Arts Council August 2013 Exhibition at the Gallery at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
Trendy Websites at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 30
Manage Your Music Downloads at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - July 29
Not So Common Players Presents The Music Man - July 19-28
Vendors needed for Ladies Night Out 2013 – November 1, 2013 – Historic Grooms Tavern
Wind Down Wednesdays at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 24
Knitting, Crocheting and More Club at the Clifton Park- Halfmoon Public Library July 23
Town of Clifton Park Town Center Zoning Update
Managing The Heat - Heat Safety Tips
Online Tools for College Searching and Planning at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 23
Missed knitting and Crocheting on July 23 . Only thing to do now is go on Utica topic because I am bored out of my mind living here.
Sorry we don't have the boilermaker. I guess we'll just deal with being the wealthiest community in the capital district! Sucks to be us. Lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton_Park,_Ne...
Greater Utica Area

Utica, NY

#18 Jul 28, 2013
Land of analphabetism wrote:
Top 25 reasons CNY was passed over by the largest chip maker in the world recently-
#1 Highest gas tax in the country
#2 Highest per capita sex offender rate in the 3rd most sex offender packed state in the nation. More pervert per capita than any place but California and occasionally Oneida County has more if you count 2010.
http://www.commonsensejunction.com/notes/gas-... . Number two in the country behind Connecticut. Maybe if other states charged as much then maybe we could finally move towards renewable energy.
315 Is A Joke

Schenectady, NY

#19 Jul 28, 2013
12065 almost Saratoga wrote:
<quoted text>
Comic Jam Workshop at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library August 3
Candyland Stop-in program at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - Aug. 2
Question of the Month: I would like to get my wife a new laptop to use at home, what do you recommend?
National Night Out and Shoot Out at The Common – Tuesday, August 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.– Free Prizes, Basketball Contest/Clinic and more!
Wagging their Tails for Tales: Therapy Dog Program at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - Aug. 1
Genealogy Assistance program at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - Aug. 1
From Highway Superintendent Rick Kukuk – Moe Road Paving – Your Tax Dollars at Work
Dig Into Art at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 31
Parachute Play! at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 31
Dig Into Art at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 31
Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival - August 2-3
Duell Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
INTERRUPTION OF WATER SERVICE - July 22
The Backyard Oasis
Saratoga County Arts Council August 2013 Exhibition at the Gallery at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
Trendy Websites at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 30
Manage Your Music Downloads at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library - July 29
Not So Common Players Presents The Music Man - July 19-28
Vendors needed for Ladies Night Out 2013 – November 1, 2013 – Historic Grooms Tavern
Wind Down Wednesdays at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 24
Knitting, Crocheting and More Club at the Clifton Park- Halfmoon Public Library July 23
Town of Clifton Park Town Center Zoning Update
Managing The Heat - Heat Safety Tips
Online Tools for College Searching and Planning at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library July 23
Missed knitting and Crocheting on July 23 . Only thing to do now is go on Utica topic because I am bored out of my mind living here.
Oops. Sorry. Second based off of this report from 11 years ago. I can assure you since the multi BILLION dollar plant has moved in its the place to live. Enjoy the tomato pie! Lol

http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/200...
Greater Utica Area

Utica, NY

#20 Jul 28, 2013
315 Is A Joke wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry we don't have the boilermaker. I guess we'll just deal with being the wealthiest community in the capital district! Sucks to be us. Lol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifton_Park,_Ne...
Must suck to be you,if you care so much about us.. Lol.
Land of analphabetism

Long Island City, NY

#21 Jul 28, 2013
Greater Utica Area wrote:
<quoted text>
The zogby group just did a report that Utica was one of the most tolerant communities in the country for diversity. We have over 46 languages spoken in our schools. Your report does have any merit and is not factual..
So far I can prove every stat loser, Nice try, I see uticans still think they can dream themselves a better reality!

BTW Zogby's report was literally a reflex designed to dispute our findings, and John Zogby long ago basically eliminated himself from any scintilla of credibility, especially since he tailors his numbers. Hoovers, the WP, Fox and CNN have John all figured out and haven't used him in YEARS!

But according to "The Onion" John's ego still precedes him into the county!

They have that fraud PEGGED because he tooted his own horn a little too much and several of his college age employees told WP and CNN that they regularly made shit up at John's behest!

"Zogby Poll: John Zogby Coolest Dude In America"

WASHINGTON—In a poll taken by Zogby International, 100 percent of respondents agreed that American pollster John Zogby is the coolest dude in the United States of America, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and all of the other U.S. territories. The poll results were posted on Zogby.com all day Thursday and revealed that, of the 300 million citizens surveyed, John Zogby not only had the coolest friends, but was also easily the coolest guy in both high school and college. In addition, when Americans were asked who would be the one person they would most like to "hang" with if given the opportunity, every one of them responded with "John Zogby." The poll, a Zogby representative said, has a zero percent margin of error and is potentially one of the most awesome polls ever conducted.

That's why the only interviews anyone ever gives John since he tanked his cred in 2008 is "keeler" LMAO!

Highest racism in the Northeast enjoy it scummy people.

Oh and a word to the wise- Don't go citing John Zogby polls in any business environment if you want to be considered seriously.
315 Is A Joke

Schenectady, NY

#22 Jul 28, 2013
Greater Utica Area wrote:
<quoted text>
Must suck to be you,if you care so much about us.. Lol.
Nope. Life is great. What's sad is you're here defending that region. The naysayers are just trying to help. It's the people from the utica region that are too stupid to listen and accept it. Enjoy the halfmoon for breakfast tomorrow. What time does the Annette funicello marathon start on TV? Boilermaker reruns maybe? Lol

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