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Finger Lakes tourism clout noted in study

The Finger Lakes region continues to grow as a tourism destination and is providing a big boost to the economy, a new report says.

The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council — comprised of tourism agencies from Rochester to Syracuse — reported that visitor spending in the “Finger Lakes Vacation” region grew by 2.1 percent in 2016 to $3 billion, supporting 59,236 jobs across 14 counties, with direct and indirect labor income totaling nearly $1.5 billion and representing 6.5 percent of the total labor income for the region.

“The tourism industry is an essential component of the local Finger Lakes economy,” said Jeff Shipley, president of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, which handles tourism efforts in Seneca County. “Working with our regional partners, we are proud to have played a role in the growth of this industry over the past year. Notable achievements, such as bringing the ‘TODAY Show’ to Seneca Falls, demonstrate the power of regional collaboration in growing the Finger Lakes brand as a world-renowned destination.”

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