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June 2018

MKV message: Our hearty congratulations again to the winners of the 2018 Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction. Three finalists in seven categories were highlighted at a breakfast at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, where the winners were announced.

This marked National Travel Rally Day, part of National Tourism week, May 6–12, 2018. More than 4.75 million people visit Dutchess annually, spending more than half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, attractions and transportation. This generated $40.9 million in local taxes and $31.7 million for New York State. 2016 tourism spending here increased 7.6% over 2015 to more than $568 million! Tourism is New York’s 4th largest industry, employing 10,484 people in Dutchess.


Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference

Dutchess Tourism, Inc., under the guise of Film Dutchess, hosts an exciting film conference, Tuesday, June 5th at The Culinary Institute of America from 12:30 to 7 pm. Organized in partnership with the Orange County NY Film Office, Stockade Works and the Hudson Valley Film Commission, this educational event is where you and your business can find out how to be a part of the growing Hudson Valley film industry. There will be breakout sessions covering topics from industry trends to local economic development opportunities, plus plenty of networking opportunities. Panelists include: actor/director Mary Stuart Masterson; Jerry Stoeffhaas, deputy director of the NYS Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & TV Development; and producer William Horberg, Chair of the Producer’s Guild of America East. Looking for a way to get your business in front of a host of film industry professionals? Consider becoming an event sponsor! See a complete list of speakers and panels as well as registration and sponsorship info. Get your tickets online by May 30!

IPW Trade Show

Your tourism staff are out there working hard to bring business back to Dutchess County. Recently we attended IPW, a stimulating annual international travel industry convention with 6,500 delegates from around the globe. Dawn Hopper, our Tour and Travel Director, met with 44 international tour operators alongside representatives of NYS Tourism to promote individual and group travel to Dutchess County.

Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, accompanied her on this recent trip to the conference, held in Denver, Colorado. IPW is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. from 70+ countries.


Vinyl - and Tap - Room Opens in Wappingers

Look over there, in the Village of Wappingers Falls. Is it a record store? Tap room? Stop by The Vinyl Room, the shop that puts them both together! You’ll say, “Why didn’t anyone think of doing this sooner?”  Dig through their far-reaching record collection while quaffing a craft beer or cider. Some nights you can enjoy live music paired with a NYS wine. It’s not a restaurant, but if you’re hungry, they sell fresh pizza by the slice or pie. Pop the sun-popped popcorn, locally made by Bjorn Quorn.

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