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October 6, 2014

British Tour Operators Visit Oswego County

OSWEGO COUNTY- Ten British tour operators visited Oswego County on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21 as part of their week-long tour throughout New York State. The tour was set up by I Love New York's International Marketing Division and a part of the Responsible Travel Trade Familiarization Tour. Tour participants included writers, sales managers and product managers for a number of British travel publications and touring companies.

The group spent Saturday night at the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar and woke up early Sunday for a three-hour drift-boat fishing trip on the Salmon River. Five drift-boat operators welcomed the group and gave them a great tour of the river while teaching them how to fly-fish. After the fishing trip, the group traveled to the NYS Salmon River Fish Hatchery and then hiked at the Salmon River Falls Unique Area.

"The drift guides were fantastic and the tour at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery was outstanding," said Kara Alheim, the Oswego County Tourism public information officer who led the group around Altmar and Pulaski. "The foliage was very beautiful at the Salmon River Falls, and I'd say overall the group loved what Oswego County had to offer."

The tour group spent one night and one day in Oswego County before traveling to Clayton where they stayed at the 1000 Island Harbor Hotel for two nights. They visited Chippewa Bay and Wellesley Island while in Clayton after which they traveled to Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, and then finished their trip in New York City.

"It's great to work with I Love New York, and have writers and tour operators from all over the world visit Oswego County," said Dave Turner, director of the Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department. "We have great outdoors and also great communities and local businesses that help these visitors feel welcome."

I Love New York's Responsible Travel is about commitment to green and responsible tourism as highlighted in their new Responsible Travel Guide. The guide reveals not only compelling ways to enjoy the outdoors, but also pin-points numerous individuals, communities, companies and groups that follow socially and environmentally responsible practices that visitors can be a part of while visiting New York State. For more information on responsible travel in New York, visit www.responsibletravelguide.com.

For more information about visiting Oswego County in the fall, visit www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 315-349-8322.

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