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September 21, 2009

Oswego County Joins New York Loves Canada Tour

Oswego County recently partnered with the representatives from the Thousand Islands Seaway Region and the New York State Division of Tourism to promote New York State as a tourist destination to the Canadian travel trade. Oswego County Public Information Officer Kelly Jordal (on left) presents Laura Byrne Paquet, a Canadian freelance travel writer, with a gift basket during a reception at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Ottawa, Ontario.

OSWEGO - Tourism officials from across New York State recently traveled through Canada to promote the state as a tourist destination for Canadian travelers. Oswego County partnered with representatives from the Thousand Islands-Seaway Region for the tour led by the New York State Division of Tourism.

“This is the second year that we have participated in this event,” said Kelly Jordal, public information officer with the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “It is a great way to showcase Oswego County to those in the Canadian travel trade, who can be effective partners in our promotional efforts.”

Over 200 travel operators and journalists attended the three-day tour which included stops in Ontario and Québec. Presentations were held at Casa Loma in Toronto, the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Ottawa, and the Mt. Stephen Club in Montréal.

“The U.S. currency exchange rate continues to attract international visitors to New York State,” said David Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development Tourism and Planning. “This, combined with the close proximity of our northern neighbors, makes the Canadian market a valuable source of tourism dollars. This event is a good opportunity to meet with them and highlight the many attractions of Oswego County.”

Jordal added, “We would like to thank Anne and Steve Hutchins from the River Edge Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Pennellville for donating a week-end getaway package to their stately Greek revival home on the historic Erie Canal. I've received an e-mail from the winner, who is a freelance travel writer from Toronto, and she is very excited about coming to stay and visit Oswego County.”

According to Statistics Canada, New York State is the most popular U.S. destination for Canadian travelers with a 17 percent share of visitors. In 2007, the last year for which figures are available, Canadian travelers spent nearly $900 million dollars in New York State.

Representatives from the Thousand Islands-Seaway Region included Kelly Jordal of Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning; Tillie Youngs of the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council; Teresa Mitchell of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail; and Ellen Nesbitt of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about tourism, attractions or events in Oswego County, call the Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Office at 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.

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