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Tourism on the rise in CNY

Tourism has increased in New York State, including the Central New York region, according to a new survey.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Tourism has increased in New York State, including the Central New York region, according to a new survey.

A Tourism Economics study indicates that the industry grew 6.2 percent in 2012, after an 8.3 percent leap in 2011.

Central New York saw one of the largest increases at 3.5 percent, as visitors spent $764 million.

Demand for a room at Skaneateles’ Sherwood Inn grew in 2012, according to staff.

"Even though it's an historic property, we do keep it up to date and relative to today's travelers needs,” said Sherwood Inn Marketing Manager Dennis Dundon. "We've seen increases in our website hits and certainly, in bookings to the front desk. And, it's a good rebound."

According to Tourism Economics, the lodging sector saw the most significant increase in tourism dollars last year.

Food and retail also climbed.

Local marketers are attributing the increase to Central New York’s events, such as the Syracuse Nationals and Skaneateles Lake tours.

"Our overall product is growing and evolving and changing in such a positive way,” said Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President for Marketing Carol Eaton.

Other events – such as the Iron Man Competition – draw athletes from all over the country.

Meanwhile, the Destiny USA expansion is drawing more consumers, particularly from Canada.

"Destiny USA records that up to 25 percent of their sales are Canadian, so it continues to be a very important market for us,” Eaton said.

For the county, the surge in tourism has resulted in $103 million in sales tax revenue.

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