Market the blue and the green of the Catskill Region for tourism, business officials say
ROCK HILL, N.Y. - Marketing the Catskills as one brand was the theme at a Catskill legislative roundtable Thursday night at The Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill.
Representatives of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Greene County Economic Development and Tourism, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and the Ulster County Tourism gathered to discuss ways the local and state legislators can help develop Catskills tourism.
Sullivan County Legislator Kitty Vetter suggested remapping the economic development regions so that they match the tourism regions of the Catskills.
Currently Delaware County is in an economic development region with the Southern Tier, Ulster County is with the Mid-Hudson Valley and Greene County is included in the Capitol Region.
“I challenge you to go to Albany and say listen we have more in common with each other than we do with where we have been,” Vetter said.
Mark Dorr, vice president of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, said such remapping has been a conversation on the state level for a while.
Michael Trainor, chief executive officer of Nevele Investors, said the state is likely to legalize non-tribal gaming in November and that will renew the Catskills as a tourism destination for New York City.
Warren Hart, director of Greene County Economic Development and Tourism, said matching funds programs help promote tourism. “In our county, one of our growth areas is our outdoor recreations, our adventure. We’ve got cycle races, mountain bike races, motocross races, music festivals, zip lines, ski centers, golf courses,” Hart said.
It is necessary to have a collective voice in the Legislature and continue the matching fund program, he said.
The state Route 28 corridor being designated as a state scenic byway, as well as the Mount Tremper Maurice Hinchey Visitor Center, are two other bright spots in the future of tourism in the Catskill Region. Continued...
In Sullivan County, the Concord hotel project is in the works, in Ulster County the Nevele hotel.
Steven Vegliante, chief operating officer of the Resnick Group, talked about The Sullivan Hotel, brought back from the brink in part thanks to IDA and the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes program) that enabled the Resnick Group to refurbish the old hotel.
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