Tourism-related dollars spent in Delaware County in 2017 have grown to nearly $112 million, according to a report issued by Tourism Economics for New York State Empire State Development Division of Tourism; and that, accordingly to Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Ray Pucci, is great news for local businesses and local government.
Highlights from the report include:
* Traveler spending increased 4.4% across New York. The strongest growth occurred in the Catskills with a 7.1% increase in spending. Delaware County led the region with an 11.6% increase.
* Traveler spending in Delaware County grew to near $112 million in 2017.
* Tourism accounted for over 1,100 jobs in Delaware County, resulting in $38 million in labor income re-circulating through our economy.
* Tourism generated nearly $7 million in local taxes and over $6 million in State taxes. Were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average household in Delaware County would have to pay an additional $683 to maintain the same level of government revenue.
The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s tourism promotion program continues to work as evidenced by the recent report.
For more information about the metrics used to evaluate our success in addition to those outlined in this report, or other aspects of the Chamber’s  work with various municipalities or interested groups, contact Chamber President Ray Pucci.