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October 2018

Filming in Dutchess

The film industry is booming in Dutchess County and you and your business can benefit! Dutchess Tourism provides film location assistance to location scouts and producers, and we are working to expand our database to more quickly respond to requests. We will easily be able to refer scouts to you for consideration if you complete our film location form. Hosting a film or photo shoot can increase your exposure as well as provide some economic benefit. In 2017, the direct regional film spending was estimated at over $30 million by the Hudson Valley Film Commission. Sign up today!

TBEX and Travel Media Showcase

Dutchess Tourism’s staff members went on the road recently to promote the county’s tourism assets. President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba and Communications Specialist Kacie Vassari attended TBEX and Travel Media Showcase, respectively, to connect with travel bloggers and writers; they garnered 72 leads for future articles and hosted two familiarization tours for 14 writers. Director of Tour and Travel Dawn Hopper, traveled to London and Manchester to train United Kingdom tour operator agents and meet with media, and she participated in a Tour America trade show in Dublin. She also conducted sales agent training at Barrhead Travel, one of Scotland’s most prominent tour operators.


A Message from Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

“Looking to promote your business in a new way to visitors? Create a getaway package that includes a hotel stay and an activity – such as a tour, tasting, or special event admission – and attract new visitors to your site! The Getaway Packages page on our website has thousands of visitors and we need new packages for November and December of 2018. These getaways could be connected to things like the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, Sinterklaas, or cutting a Christmas tree. If you’re interested, please reach out to Susanne O’Neil, consumer services & special events manager, at or 845-204-9515.” — Mary Kay Vrba


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