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Feb. 18, 2004

Oswego County Markets Its Tourism Attractions at ABA Marketplace

More than 500 motorcoach and tour operators, as well as 1,800 travel industry members, attended this year's American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace. The event provides the opportunity for marketing representatives of tourism destinations to meet directly with group tour operators from throughout the United States and Canada.

The group tour industry has a significant economic impact, said Christine Gray, director of the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism. According to the ABA, when a motorcoach brings a tour group to visit the area, the average impact for a day trip is $3, 171. An overnight stay brings $5,000 to $7,500 per day to a destination, spent on lodging, meals, shopping, admission fees, souvenirs and local taxes.

M. Lisa Rodak, Public Information Officer for the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism represented Oswego County at the ABA Marketplace.

"Oswego County has a lot to offer tourists," said Rodak. "We can provide visitors a unique experience. Oswego was the only site in the entire United States where refugees from the Nazi Holocaust received shelter during World War II, commemorated at the new Safe Haven museum. In New York, Oswego County has the most sites, facilities, and programs selected for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. We can even take groups fishing or invite them to Harborfest. In our county, we are surrounded by the scenic beauty of the West Pierhead and Selkirk Lighthouses as well as Salmon River Falls. We have quality accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and shops for tourists."

Itineraries developed by the Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Department have appeared in group tour planners distributed by motorcoach companies from Canada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and throughout New York State.

"This is the fifth year I've attended the ABA Marketplace," said Rodak. "In 2004, the number of motorcoach operators that requested to meet with me exceeded the total number of appointments my first year there, including both seller and buyer requests. The opportunity to meet with motorcoach operators at the national convention has resulted in additional group tours travelling to Oswego County to spend their tourism dollars."

"Each year, Oswego County is seeing an increasing number of group tours," said Gray. "We already have group tours booked for spring and summer."

For more information on Oswego County tourism, contact the Department of Promotion and Tourism at the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, 13126, phone 349-8322 or visit the county Website at www.oswegocounty.com.

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