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A study has been conducted by ROOST and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce to asses the economic impact of snowmobilers in the Adirondacks.
Of the 306 snowmobilers who completed the survey, more than one-third of them stayed overnight, booking an average of 2.85 nights with an average party size of 4.2 people. The average stay reported by 2017 Adirondack visitors, as tracked by the annual Leisure Travel Study, was 3 nights.
The snowmobiling study reports an average of $450 per day in spending on lodging, meals, shopping, entertainment, attractions and transportation. The respondents who stayed with family or friends, or at their second home, reported an average expenditure of $321 per day, and day-trippers average $190 per day. The average daily traveler party spending in the 2017 Leisure Travel Study was estimated at $326 per day. » Continue Reading.
In 2018 Tupper Lake Tinman participants contributed $312,650 in direct spending to the region according to a survey sponsored by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). One of the longest-running triathlons in the U.S., the race celebrated its 36th year with a field of 504 athletes on June 23.
The survey was distributed to this year’s race participants via email and by a notification in their race packet. » Continue Reading.
Washington County has announced a new brand design, “See. Taste. Explore.,” to position Washington County as “one of eastern New York’s most original and exciting destinations for those seeking to enhance their historical knowledge, take in new arts and cultural sights, and treat their tastebuds to something unique as the county itself.”
The new marketing campaign will begin this summer. A primary feature of the new Washington County tourism website is a directory of local arts, history, and agricultural sites. » Continue Reading.
The results of the latest Leisure Travel Information Study concludes a return of $62 for every dollar spent on marketing in 2017. The study also provides comprehensive traveler demographic insight for the Adirondacks’ Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.
For the 14th year, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) contracted an independent third party, PlaceMaking, to conduct a Leisure Travel Information Study, which includes a regional return on marketing investment analysis, plus traveler data for the three counties. » Continue Reading.
Given ongoing evidence of recreational crowding, overuse and resource damage of the eastern High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has called on our DEC to institute permit systems, sometimes called Limited Entry systems, to assure and restore Wilderness preservation, character and opportunity in the most heavily used portions of the High Peaks. Such systems are widely used around the country.
The internal debate at DEC over whether to institute permit systems for the High Peaks has gone on for more than 40 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service is considering the expansion of such a system within 500,000 acres of federal Wilderness in Oregon’s Cascade Range. » Continue Reading.
As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear.
The popularity of these machines gives a hint of the potential benefits that will accrue from a bike path on this state-owned right-of-way once the tracks are removed. This much-discussed Adirondack Rail Trail now awaits a final okay from the APA and perhaps (here we go again!) a final round of hearings on the state’s Unit Management Plan governing use of the rail corridor. » Continue Reading.
What follows is a press release issued by Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve:
At public meetings held in Albany and Newcomb this week, the non-profit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve told the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) that the agencies are rushing to approve complex amendments to management plans for the High Peaks Wilderness and nearby Forest Preserve units. Such haste risks exposing these wilderness landscapes to more overuse and degradation of their natural resources and wild character.
The agencies are on course to approve the amendments in just over 45 days, or half the time that the agencies previously agreed should be taken to consider complex unit management plans for “forever wild” state lands. » Continue Reading.
The final report on the three-year study to develop an Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System plan to enhance recreation-based tourism and help revitalize hamlet centers has been released to the public.
The report lays out regional hut-to-hut networks throughout the Adirondack Park, which could be linked together into a park-wide system.
This is the first part of a multi-part strategy to develop the entire site into a gateway with a mix of private and public amenities, businesses and recreational assets. » Continue Reading.
The Northern Adirondack Board of REALTORS (NABOR), in conjunction with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), unveiled a package of videos aimed at highlighting Adirondack communities as a desirable place to live, work and play.
The videos are designed to inspire and encourage people to relocate here by showcasing the regions’ assets, including the natural beauty, vast outdoor recreation, diversity, quality schools, and tight-knit communities. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency has announced that it has deemed DEC’s application complete for the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area along the Schroon River in North Hudson. State and local officials have been touting the proposed facility as a “Gateway to the Adirondacks.”
The plan proposes an accessible public campground at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park. The campground would include RV, tent, and equestrian camp sites and facilities, and trails connecting to the snowmobile trails leading to Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga, and a new trail to Newcomb being proposed in the yet unapproved Boreas Ponds Tract Management Plan. The campground is part of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has invited all Tupper Lake area municipal leaders, businesses, organizations, and individuals to attend a brief regional destination marketing review, followed by a reception, at Big Tupper Brewing on Thursday, December 7th, from 5 to 6:30 pm.
The agenda will include a brief presentation by ROOST staff, time for Q&A, followed by a networking opportunity with light refreshments and a cash bar. » Continue Reading.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced the addition of Beth Lomnitzer as the Hamilton County Regional Marketing Manager.
In her new part-time position, she is expected to serve as a liaison between community stakeholders, travelers, and ROOST, and support the implementation of destination marketing strategies for the county. » Continue Reading.
This Columbus Day weekend I decided to put the issue of overuse in the High Peaks region to a little test. I visited three of the most crowded trail heads in the area and hiked from two of them. I also investigated the State’s grand relocation of the Cascade trail and parking.
What I saw confirmed a working theory I have been informally discussing with both private folks and local and state government employees. The theory isn’t mine, indeed a number of people have the idea. It’s a simple concept, really: back country overuse can be mitigated in large part simply by addressing parking issues. In other words, we can manage recreation capacity by more effectively managing transportation capacity. » Continue Reading.