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ABC Creative Group’s Brew Central and CNYFresh Campaigns Help Lift Tourist Spending in Central New York

(7/23/15 – Syracuse, N.Y.) A recent study shows that spending in Central New York rising 4.7 percent in 2014 to a total of $2.015 billion.

“This study once again proves that tourism development is economic development,” said Kelly Blazosky, President of Oneida County Tourism and Chair of the Central New York Vacation Region. “That’s why we’re continually working to draw more visitors and their dollars to our region through award-winning campaigns like Brew Central and CNY Fresh.”

According to the study by Tourism Economics, the tourism industry generated $596 million in direct labor income in 2014. This figure climbs to $999.7 million when indirect and induced labor incomes are included. Tourism in Central New York yielded nearly $237.9 million in state and local taxes in 2014, saving the average household $786 in taxes that year.

“This is terrific news,” Blazosky said. “It’s clear that visitors are choosing to come to Central New York and enjoying our attractions, restaurants, and shops.”