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Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845/463-5446
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August 10th, 2018

Upcoming #ThinkDIFFERENTLY Events

Dutchess County is proud to ThinkDIFFERENTLY about individuals of every ability, and the next few weeks will bring several inclusive events to our County — events you and your family are invited to attend and enjoy!

ThinkDIFFERENTLY/Disability, Dream & Do Baseball Camp

A great Dutchess County park, our own Dutchess Stadium will host the second annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY/Disability, Dream & Do Baseball Camp on Saturday, August 18th. This free event will allow children and young adults of every ability the chance to learn the game from professional players and coaches from the Hudson Valley Renegades. Attendees will receive a free T-shirt, hat and lunch, as well as complimentary tickets to the Renegades' game on Sunday, August 19th. Click here for more details about this inspirational event.


ThinkDIFFERENTLY Thursday at the Dutchess County Fair

The Dutchess County Fair is New York State’s second-largest county fair, hosting nearly half a million patrons each year, featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, horticultural displays, and so much more. For the third straight year, Fair organizers invite individuals of every ability and their families to ThinkDIFFERENTLY Thursday at the Dutchess County Fair on August 23rd, when they'll be able to enjoy the Fair ahead of the crowds with a special early gate opening at 9 a.m. and sensory sensitive hours on the carnival midway from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ThinkDIFFERENTLY Thursday is setting an example around the state, as other fairs are following Dutchess' lead. Advanced Fair tickets are available online, and you can click here for more details about this sensory-friendly event. 
 

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash

The third annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, a one-mile walk/run for participants of all abilities through the City of Poughkeepsie, takes place on Friday, September 7th, starting on Market Street at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is available online and guarantees participants a T-shirt and finisher medal. This event has attracted hundreds of participants in each of the past two years, so you'll want to register today to ensure your spot. We look forward to seeing you at the Dash so you can help show how, just like Dutchess County, you choose to ThinkDIFFERENTLY!

More information about inclusive events like these is available online on the ThinkDIFFERENTLY website.

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3 Neptune Rd., Suite A11A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845/463-5446
nancy@dutchesstourism.com

August 8th, 2018

Haunted History Trail of New York State Wins 2018 PRism Award

Statewide paranormal trail receives recognition at Rochester-based PRSA award ceremony
 

Batavia, N.Y. – The Haunted History Trail of New York was recognized at the 2018 Rochester PRism Awards on Thursday, Jun. 14. The statewide tourism trail earned two recognitions for excellence in marketing and public relations – one first-place PRism Award and one Award of Excellence.
 

The PRism was awarded for the Trail’s “Spooky” Social Media. In 2017, they hired Break the Ice Media (BTI), to create and execute a strategy around Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Channels, with a goal to increase reach, tap into new audiences and increase overnight visitation. Social channels saw growth across the board – nearly 40% page growth on Facebook, 22% on Twitter, and 90.4% engagement growth on Instagram - with events selling out and new visitors traveling the trail.
 

The Trail was recognized with an award of excellence for their 2018 Visitors Guide. Created in conjunction with Amity Photos as photographer, The Quackenstein Graphic Design Co. as designer, and Break the Ice Media as content creator, the Trail reimagined their visitors guide in a way that would help reach new audiences and drive overnight visitation. The end result was a beautiful 36-page guide that moved away from a listing style piece to a travel magazine style, focused on niche storytelling and visual content that grabbed the attention of readers, and gave visitors ideas and inspiration on how to travel the trail.
 

 “The Haunted History Trail has grown immensely since we started the program back in 2013,” says Kelly Rapone, trail creator and coordinator of the haunted program. “We are so proud to have received these recognitions and see it as a true testament to the impact this tourism program has for our partners and small local businesses.”
 

The PRism Awards are an annual award show put on by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Rochester Chapter, celebrating the best public relations work - both elements and campaigns - from the previous year.
 

Those who dare to dine with the spirits, stay the night at a spooky hotel, or take a tour at the many unique and strange stops offered along the Haunted History Trail of New York State, can request a guide online at: https://hauntedhistorytrail.com/request-brochure. Additional information, videos, and offerings can be found at: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.

 

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About the Haunted History Trail of New York State

 

From the great spirits invoked by early Native American tribes, to the first Dutch settlers who carefully avoided haunted places, New York has harbored centuries of spooky events that simply can’t be explained. Interest in the eerie has steadily increased with television and movies exploring the ghosts, UFOs, and things beyond the realm of human understanding. All of this awaits you on the Haunted History Trail of New York State as it takes you to the places where human forms come out of the mist and strange lights wink from the dark.

 

The Haunted History Trail of New York State features attractions from almost every region of New York State. Haunted dining, tours, and overnights are available on the trail, with many of the attractions tying back to New York’s local history. For more information, visit: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.

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3 Neptune Rd., Suite A11A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845/463-5446
nancy@dutchesstourism.com

August 6th, 2018

Celebrating Four Great Years of Taste NY at Todd Hill

Millbrook, NY, June 20, 2018 – The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill continues to support and promote New York state agricultural business and artisanal producers as it enters its fourth year in business, generating $4,625,000 in total sales to date. The location serves travelers on the Taconic State Parkway and is open year-round. The Market at Todd Hill, operated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, saw nearly 150,000 visitors in 2017, and traffic has increased in spring months over last year.

The store has coordinated product from over two hundred and fifteen vendors since it opened its doors in June, 2014. Wholesale purchases from local and regional farms and businesses registered in New York state amount to well over $2.5 million since inception. Below are some comments from Taste NY vendors:


“We began selling to the Taste NY Todd Hill store in mid-June of 2016. The initial orders were about 2 weeks apart, but the store quickly became one of our most consistent customers, ordering every week. Looking at the June - December period in 2017 versus 2016, our sales to the store grew by more than 120%. Sales continue to grow as year to date in 2018 versus 2017, number of bags sold through the Todd Hill store are up 44%.  Our successful relationship with this store has led to new business for us with two locations in Broome County -- the Southern Tier Welcome Center and the Front Street Cafe in Binghamton.” - Healing Home Foods
 

“Having our products in Taste NY at Todd Hill creates a synergy for our online sales. It has increased our overall sales and our customer base as well. Partnering with Taste NY truly helps promote the buy local concept.” - Raspberry Fields Farm


Acting as an incubator and ambassador for New York based agricultural products and brands; Taste NY promotes events, kiosks, stores, and convenient outlets at New York Welcome Centers in several regions of the state. The Taste NY Market at Todd Hill, located on the Taconic State Parkway, is the first standalone store in the lower Hudson Valley. The store has also hosted an outdoor farmers’ market every year since 2014.

Now in its fifth year of operation, the Todd Hill Farmers’ Market (more info on Facebook and Instagram) is dedicated to offering shoppers products that represent the Hudson Valley in food, farming, and tourism. At least sixteen vendors may be found in the rotation, offering their fruits, vegetables, flowers, maple syrup, honey and beeswax products, cheese, baked goods, whiskey, bourbon, skincare products, eggs, oil, prepared foods, and soft drinks.

Since it opened this season on May 25, 2018, farmers’ market vendors have collectively reported $14,800 in sales. The Taste NY Farmers’ Market at Todd Hill takes place on the front plaza on Fridays from 2 – 6 pm, through October 13, 2018.

Farms who have recently registered for the NYS Grown and Certified also have products available at the market. These farms are working with Cornell Cooperative Extension both to register for the new program for farming practices, and as producers of high quality food. Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Hudson Valley Fresh, Red Jacket, and Arbor Hill Grapery products are offered here, showcasing the flavors of the state.

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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3 Neptune Rd., Suite A11A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845/463-5446
nancy@dutchesstourism.com

July 26th, 2018

Upcoming 2018 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash Registration to Open

Registration is now open online for the 2018 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile, a partnership between Dutchess Tourism Inc., and First Friday Poughkeepsie. The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile are run/walks for individuals of all abilities, and all are welcome to participate.

The Dash and Mile will join the citywide First Friday celebration on September 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is $5 per person through September 4. Participants are guaranteed T-shirts and finisher medals if they register before August 15th; day-of registration ($10) will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. on September 7.

The race route will begin and end outside 22 Market Street; the course will also include Main, Academy, and Cannon streets. Road closures will begin on event day at 2:30 p.m.  ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash participants will loop around once, and the Queen City Mile will consist of two loops.

“We are pleased to host the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash in the city again this year, and we are honored to work with Dutchess County Government and all of the ThinkDIFFERENTLY partners who work tirelessly to make our community more inclusive and accessible,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

This year marks the third year the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash has been held, having attracted hundreds of participants in each of its first two years.

“Dutchess County Government’s successful ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative encourages a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals of every ability,” County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said. “Our ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash fosters empowerment and connects our community, and its participants inspire us to overcome challenges. We look forward to hosting our third successful Dash and showing how the City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County ThinkDIFFERENTLY.”

County Executive Molinaro conceived the ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative in 2015 as a way of fostering a more inclusive community for individuals all abilities. Dutchess County has since taken numerous steps to ThinkDIFFERENTLY, including holding events such as its annual picnic for children with special needs and their families, free sensor-friendly movie days and a baseball camp at Dutchess Stadium for children and young adults of all abilities. Since 2016, 100 communities throughout New York State have adopted ThinkDIFFERENTLY resolutions, pledging to offer a supportive environment to residents of all abilities. More information about the initiative is available at www.thinkdifferently.net.

First Friday Poughkeepsie is held every month from April to December, dependent on weather, and aims to increase awareness about the City of Poughkeepsie and showcase it as a thriving, safe, and attractive place to live, run and do business. For further information and to register go to, http://firstfridaypk.com/  or  https://dutchesstourism.com/.

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June 26th, 2018

Two Gold Winner Awards for Dutchess Tourism

Dutchess Tourism, Inc., of Poughkeepsie, and BBG&G Advertising and PR of Campbell Hall, have been recognized with two Gold Awards, a Service Industry Advertising (SIA) Award and a Hermes Creative Award.

The SIA Gold Award is for Special Video Production for Dutchess County Live Video: The Culinary Institute of America/ The CIA in Hyde Park. This informative video takes visitors on a campus tour of the world’s most famous cooking school. It allows the host to answer questions in real time, and shows visitors what it’s like to take a class or be served in a one of their student-staffed restaurants. The goal is to attract visitors who may not yet have our destination on their radar. Thus is the first in a series of Dutchess Live Facebook videos, which can all be seen on the @dutchesstourism Facebook page.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, “Dutchess has so much to offer visitors from around the world, and there are no better cheerleaders for our destinations than Dutchess Tourism and its president and CEO, Mary Kay Vrba. We congratulate Dutchess Tourism on again being recognized for its innovative use of technology to spread the word about the great amenities we host here, and for continually growing our tourism industry, which brings more than half a billion dollars into our local economy annually.”

The Hermes Creative Gold Award is for Special Video Production of the first virtual reality (VR) video to be released by any tourism agency in the Hudson Valley. View the Hudson River and surrounding mountains from the open air cockpit of a bi-plane without leaving the comfort of your couch. This video puts Dutchess in the forefront of potential visitors’ minds, and will attract more millennial and international tourists. Experience “Distinctly Dutchess” activities and attractions through the magic of VR at http://dutchesstourism.com/360. The 360° version can be watched on desktop computers, and the VR version on mobile devices or smart phones with a special VR viewer and the Vimeo app.

President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba of Dutchess Tourism said, “I’m very proud of Dutchess Tourism for winning these two Gold Awards for our cutting-edge videos. This is a great accomplishment, and it’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work we do here to increase visitation to our many world-class attractions.”

SIA Awards are the only advertising awards to specifically recognize the advertising achievements in the service industry. SIA Awards recognizes the creativity and communication accomplishments of the service industry, identifies the best service industry advertisement, print communications, websites, TV, radio and electronic communications, and social media. A national panel of industry specialists review each piece; judging creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application and innovation of content. http://siaawards.com/

The Hermes Creative Awards recognizes creative excellence in traditional and emerging media. It is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials, marketing and communication programs, and emerging technologies. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators and freelancers. http://hermesawards.com/

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.

Dutchess Tourism is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is www.DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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3 Neptune Rd., Suite A11A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845/463-5446
nancy@dutchesstourism.com

June 18th, 2018

Haunted History Trail of New York State Wins 2018 PRism Award

Batavia, N.Y. – The Haunted History Trail of New York was recognized at the 2018 Rochester PRism Awards on Thursday, Jun. 14. The statewide tourism trail earned two recognitions for excellence in marketing and public relations – one first-place PRism Award and one Award of Excellence.

The PRism was awarded for the Trail’s “Spooky” Social Media. In 2017, they hired Break the Ice Media (BTI), to create and execute a strategy around Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Channels, with a goal to increase reach, tap into new audiences and increase overnight visitation. Social channels saw growth across the board – nearly 40% page growth on Facebook, 22% on Twitter, and 90.4% engagement growth on Instagram - with events selling out and new visitors traveling the trail.

The Trail was recognized with an award of excellence for their 2018 Visitors Guide. Created in conjunction with Amity Photos as photographer, The Quackenstein Graphic Design Co. as designer, and Break the Ice Media as content creator, the Trail reimagined their visitors guide in a way that would help reach new audiences and drive overnight visitation. The end result was a beautiful 36-page guide that moved away from a listing style piece to a travel magazine style, focused on niche storytelling and visual content that grabbed the attention of readers, and gave visitors ideas and inspiration on how to travel the trail.

 “The Haunted History Trail has grown immensely since we started the program back in 2013,” says Kelly Rapone, trail creator and coordinator of the haunted program. “We are so proud to have received these recognitions and see it as a true testament to the impact this tourism program has for our partners and small local businesses.”

The PRism Awards are an annual award show put on by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Rochester Chapter, celebrating the best public relations work - both elements and campaigns - from the previous year.

Those who dare to dine with the spirits, stay the night at a spooky hotel, or take a tour at the many unique and strange stops offered along the Haunted History Trail of New York State, can request a guide online at: https://hauntedhistorytrail.com/request-brochure. Additional information, videos, and offerings can be found at: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.
 

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About the Haunted History Trail of New York State

From the great spirits invoked by early Native American tribes, to the first Dutch settlers who carefully avoided haunted places, New York has harbored centuries of spooky events that simply can’t be explained. Interest in the eerie has steadily increased with television and movies exploring the ghosts, UFOs, and things beyond the realm of human understanding. All of this awaits you on the Haunted History Trail of New York State as it takes you to the places where human forms come out of the mist and strange lights wink from the dark.

The Haunted History Trail of New York State features attractions from almost every region of New York State. Haunted dining, tours, and overnights are available on the trail, with many of the attractions tying back to New York’s local history. For more information, visit: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.

See the full PDF

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Dutchess Tourism, Inc.,
3 Neptune Rd., Suite A11A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Nancy Lutz, 845/463-5446
nancy@dutchesstourism.com

June 14th, 2018

Dutchess County to Host Special Olympics New York Summer Games 2019-2020

Poughkeepsie...The Special Olympics New York Summer Games will be hosted in Dutchess County from June 14-16, 2019 and on June 19-21, 2020.  More than 1,700 athletes and coaches will travel from around New York State to Vassar College and Dutchess Community College, as well as other locations throughout the county, to compete in a variety of sports.

“We are honored that Dutchess County will be hosting the Special Olympics games again and are thrilled to be working with a community that embraces our mission and vision.” said Shelly Nangle, interim president and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The support we have received from this county has been extraordinary, and it clearly demonstrates how important the Games are to this region.”

“Dutchess County is proud to welcome back athletes, coaches, and families for the state summer games. Special Olympic athletes remind us that obstacles and challenges can be overcome if we set goals, and choose to THINK DIFFERENTLY,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “We are grateful to Dutchess Tourism and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for leading these efforts again, and we look forward to providing an exceptional athletic experience to all those who attend.”

“This is a very special opportunity for Vassar College to host the Special Olympics Summer Games. Vassar’s mission is to provide access to opportunities which inspire and help individuals learn and develop in order to lead purposeful lives. We join our fellow partners and families with athletes of all abilities from across New York State in committing to making these Games as great as the athletes that will compete - and inspire us all,” said Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, president Vassar College.

Next year’s Summer Games will take place from June 14-16, 2019. Vassar College will host the games opening and closing ceremonies, featuring a ceremonial parade of athletes, motivational speeches, and local entertainment. There will also be a Law Enforcement Torch Run to Ballentine Field on the Vassar College campus. In addition, the Vassar campus will host an Olympic Village throughout the weekend, as well as a victory dance.

The athletic events which make up the three-day competition are Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

County Executive Molinaro will serve as the Honorary Chair of the event. Also returning are the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) who help organize the various aspects of the games, secure local community support and sponsorship, and provide a unique Distinctly Dutchess feel to the Games. The Co-Chairs of the 2019 State Winter Games GOC are Mary Kay Vrba, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc., and Frank M. Castella Jr., president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Our community is committed to Special Olympics New York and the athletes which the organization serves. Locally, we will once again dedicate ourselves to securing financial and in-kind and support and will also recruit volunteers to help orchestrate and carry out the logistics for the weekend. We will once again offer this opportunity to the athletes at no cost to them or their families,” Mr. Castella said.

“Hosting the Summer Games has been on our minds ever since the 2017 winter games ended. This sporting event really requires a community effort in order for it to succeed, and Dutchess County has demonstrated that we can do that. From our collegiate partners, to the record number of volunteers cheering on the athletes, we will work hard once again to made the games a successful and unforgettable competition for all participants,” Vrba said.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With 65,665 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth-largest chapter in the world. These Winter Games are one of three annual state games and one of more than 5,000 total competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athletes, their families or their caregivers.

The 2019-2020 Special Olympic Summer Games will require extensive local support to be as successful as possible. Local volunteers – individuals or groups – will be needed for various jobs throughout the weekend. For more information and to register online, please visit www.specialolympicsny.org or email volunteer@nyso.org. Local businesses and organizations can also provide support through a range of sponsorship opportunities. For more information about sponsorships, contact Renee Snyder, Vice President of Development & Public Awareness, 518-203-8348 or rsnyder@nyso.org; or Teresa Gilli, Director of Development at 845-765-2497 Ext. 201 or tgilli@nyso.org

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June 14th, 2018

Poughkeepsie Galleria, Dutchess Tourism & Arts Mid-Hudson Announce Mural Project

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) and Poughkeepsie Galleria are seeking proposals from artists for a commissioned mural project at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. The mural will enhance what will become the newly expanded Dutchess Tourism Information Center located inside the Galleria near the Food Court. The two organizations are working in partnership with Arts Mid-Hudson to solicit submissions, collect and judge the proposals.

 

The Poughkeepsie Galleria Dutchess Tourism Mural Project RFP asks artists, “What are the highlights of Dutchess County?” The successful project would be a showcase of the best of Dutchess County, from the natural beauty of the outdoors, the Hudson River, and Farm Fresh agriculture, to the significant historic sites, food and craft beverage, chef culture, colleges, arts and museums.

 

Artists have the opportunity to submit their proposals to Arts Mid-Hudson through their Submittable portal between May 21 and June 21, 2018. For more details and a list of requirements, interested artists should visit the Arts Mid-Hudson website:  https://artsmidhudson.org/poughkeepsie-galleria-dutchess-tourism-mural-project/. The winner will be announced in mid-July with mural completion expected by mid-October. A media event, ribbon cutting and public reception in The Galleria Community Room will celebrate the final project.

 

According to Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, “Of the 18 Tourist Information Centers we have located throughout Dutchess County, the Poughkeepsie Galleria is the one that gets the most traffic.” She added, “This mural will help draw people to the new and expanded rack location in the mall and allow us to reach more people and create greater awareness of the many things there are to see and do in Dutchess.”

 

 “Poughkeepsie Galleria is thrilled to partner with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and Arts Mid-Hudson on this wonderful project,” said Galleria Marketing Director Jessica Pecchia. “We are proud to showcase the beauty of the Hudson Valley, collaborate with local, talented artists and further strengthen us as Dutchess County’s community center.”    

 

Arts Mid-Hudson Executive Director Linda Marston-Reid concurred. "We are excited to promote another great mural opportunity in Dutchess County, which highlights the vibrant activities we have in the region and showcases our talented artists." 

 

Tourism is a major economic driver for Dutchess County. An estimated five million people visit annually and in 2016, spent an average of $568.3 million on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess County according to Tourism Economics.

 

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ABOUT POUGHKEEPSIE GALLERIA

Poughkeepsie Galleria is Dutchess County’s only enclosed shopping center and the premier destination for the area, welcoming 12 million visitors annually. It offers 140 national and local stores under one roof, dining at Ruby Tuesday plus a full food court and snacks options, and entertainment options such as K1 Speed, an indoor go-carting track as well as Regal Cinemas a 16 screen, stadium seating theatre. For more information, visit PoughkeepsieGalleriaMall.com  

 

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.

Dutchess Tourism is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000.

 

ABOUT ARTS MID-HUDSON

Arts Mid-Hudson is the preeminent nonprofit regional arts service organization serving Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties. Their initiatives engage and promote the arts across the Mid-Hudson region, benefiting artists, arts organizations and communities. Visit artsmidhudson.org, email info@artsmidhudson.org or call 845.454.3222

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June 14th, 2018

Dutchess County to Host Special Olympics New York Summer Games 2019-2020

Poughkeepsie...The Special Olympics New York Summer Games will be hosted in Dutchess County from June 14-16, 2019 and on June 19-21, 2020.  More than 1,700 athletes and coaches will travel from around New York State to Vassar College and Dutchess Community College, as well as other locations throughout the county, to compete in a variety of sports.

“We are honored that Dutchess County will be hosting the Special Olympics games again and are thrilled to be working with a community that embraces our mission and vision.” said Shelly Nangle, interim president and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “The support we have received from this county has been extraordinary, and it clearly demonstrates how important the Games are to this region.”

“Dutchess County is proud to welcome back athletes, coaches, and families for the state summer games. Special Olympic athletes remind us that obstacles and challenges can be overcome if we set goals, and choose to THINK DIFFERENTLY,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “We are grateful to Dutchess Tourism and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for leading these efforts again, and we look forward to providing an exceptional athletic experience to all those who attend.”

“This is a very special opportunity for Vassar College to host the Special Olympics Summer Games. Vassar’s mission is to provide access to opportunities which inspire and help individuals learn and develop in order to lead purposeful lives. We join our fellow partners and families with athletes of all abilities from across New York State in committing to making these Games as great as the athletes that will compete - and inspire us all,” said Dr. Elizabeth Bradley, president Vassar College.

Next year’s Summer Games will take place from June 14-16, 2019. Vassar College will host the games opening and closing ceremonies, featuring a ceremonial parade of athletes, motivational speeches, and local entertainment. There will also be a Law Enforcement Torch Run to Ballentine Field on the Vassar College campus. In addition, the Vassar campus will host an Olympic Village throughout the weekend, as well as a victory dance.

The athletic events which make up the three-day competition are Basketball, Bowling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

County Executive Molinaro will serve as the Honorary Chair of the event. Also returning are the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) who help organize the various aspects of the games, secure local community support and sponsorship, and provide a unique Distinctly Dutchess feel to the Games. The Co-Chairs of the 2019 State Winter Games GOC are Mary Kay Vrba, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc., and Frank M. Castella Jr., president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Our community is committed to Special Olympics New York and the athletes which the organization serves. Locally, we will once again dedicate ourselves to securing financial and in-kind and support and will also recruit volunteers to help orchestrate and carry out the logistics for the weekend. We will once again offer this opportunity to the athletes at no cost to them or their families,” Mr. Castella said.

“Hosting the Summer Games has been on our minds ever since the 2017 winter games ended. This sporting event really requires a community effort in order for it to succeed, and Dutchess County has demonstrated that we can do that. From our collegiate partners, to the record number of volunteers cheering on the athletes, we will work hard once again to made the games a successful and unforgettable competition for all participants,” Vrba said.

Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world. With 65,665 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth-largest chapter in the world. These Winter Games are one of three annual state games and one of more than 5,000 total competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athletes, their families or their caregivers.

The 2019-2020 Special Olympic Summer Games will require extensive local support to be as successful as possible. Local volunteers – individuals or groups – will be needed for various jobs throughout the weekend. For more information and to register online, please visit www.specialolympicsny.org or email volunteer@nyso.org. Local businesses and organizations can also provide support through a range of sponsorship opportunities. For more information about sponsorships, contact Renee Snyder, Vice President of Development & Public Awareness, 518-203-8348 or rsnyder@nyso.org; or Teresa Gilli, Director of Development at 845-765-2497 Ext. 201 or tgilli@nyso.org

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June 14th, 2018

Summer Concert Series at Bowdoin Park

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Parks Division is excited to host the 2018 Bowdoin Park Summer Concert Series in partnership with Fox Oldies WGNY 98.9FM and Dutchess Tourism. Three concerts, scheduled for July 21st, August 11th, and September 8th, will each feature several vocal groups, including The Platters, The Drifters, and The Coasters, performing chart-topping oldies hits.  Early bird ticket prices are $25 per person until this Friday, June 15th ($35 starting June 16th) or $75 for all three concerts. Children under 12 are FREE. Group rates are available.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://concert.foxradio.net.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro highlighted summer concerts at county parks in the 2018 Dutchess County budget and the initiative was approved by the Dutchess County Legislature.    County Executive Molinaro said, “Dutchess County Parks are part of what make us ‘Distinctly Dutchess,’ and we are grateful to Dutchess Tourism for coordinating this concert series for everyone to enjoy. These concerts are a wonderful reason for families and friends to gather for a fun evening of music and spectacular views overlooking the Hudson River.”

The Bowdoin Park Summer Concert Series schedule and lineup is as follows:

  • 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21st, doo-wop vocal group The Platters performing "Only You," "You've Got That Magic Touch," "The Great Pretender," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," and more. The Dubs and The Quotations will also perform.

 

  • 6 p.m. Saturday, August 11th, American doo-wop, rhythm and blues, and soul vocal group, The Drifters will perform their biggest hits such as "This Magic Moment," "Under The Boardwalk,” "Up On The Roof," and "I Second That Emotion" and will be joined by Jay Siegel’s Tokens and The Super Girls Group.

 

  • 5 p.m. Saturday, September 8th, American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group The Coasters, performing "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy" among others and will be joined by Larry Chance & The Earls and Jimmy Gallagher (the original lead singer of The Passions) featuring Acappella by Classic Sounds.

 

Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver said, “Dutchess County is looking forward to hosting these legendary performers at one of our most scenic county parks. We welcome all to come listen to great music and view the breathtaking sunsets along the Hudson River.  These concerts are a wonderful way to celebrate summer, family, friends and community!”

“Dutchess Tourism is honored to work with Fox Oldies 98.9FM on the 2018 Summer Concert Series. We welcome our local community and our out of town visitors to beautiful Dutchess County to listen to popular Rhythm/Blues vocal groups which have had a significant impact on music history. They are perfect musical acts to highlight the Bandshell at Bowdoin!” said Dutchess Tourism Inc., President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba.

Bowdoin Park will close to the public at 3pm with gates closing and all visitors leaving the park.    Gates will open at 5pm for ticket holders for the July 21st and August 11th concerts.  For the September 8th show, Bowdoin Park will close at 2pm and re-open at 4pm for ticket holders. Guests should bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Outside food and beverages are prohibited; refreshments will be available for purchase from Villa Borghese. 

Shuttles will be available beginning at 4pm from New Hamburg train station to the park and returning to the station after the concerts.

Bowdoin Park is handicapped accessible and is located at 85 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls.  Visit the Dutchess County calendar of events at www.dutchessny.gov and www.dutchesstourism.com  for more information.   For more information about the concert series, go to http://concert.foxradio.net.

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May 30th, 2018

Hudson Valley Film Industry Conference Set For June 5th

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc., operating as Film Dutchess in the industry, will host an exciting film conference, Tuesday, June 5 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Organized in partnership with the Orange County NY Film Office, Stockade Works and the Hudson Valley Film Commission, this informative event will connect industry professionals and share knowledge on various topics while also helping businesses and municipalities learn how to become part of the growing Hudson Valley film industry. 

In addition to a networking reception, the day will include breakout sessions, panels and presentations covering topics from film industry trends, casting, job training and film festivals to local economic development opportunities. The conference will feature a broad list of speakers including: 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. For a full list of speakers and panel descriptions as well as registration and sponsorship info visit dutchesstourism.com/hv-filmconference.

According to Hudson Valley Film Commission Founder & Director Laurent Rejto, the film industry in the Hudson Valley generated more than $30 million in direct spending in 2017. Rejto will lead a discussion on the many benefits that film & TV productions bring to the region including job creation and other economic opportunities. Other topics of conversation will include location needs, insurance, liability and permit info, as well as other related issues. 

Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba noted, “The number of inquiries that have come into our office from television and film productions over the past few years has sky rocketed and we want our businesses to be able to take advantage of the economic benefits that filming brings to our region.” She added, “Teaming up with these great partners helps us educate our community so that we can be as film-friendly as possible.” 

“Just as The Hudson Valley is a prime location in the growing food and beverage tourism industry, the region is also a perfect spot to welcome more film and television productions,” said Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America. “The CIA is pleased to host several area organizations for a day of strategizing about this important and exciting economic growth opportunity.”

“The Orange County Film Office is pleased to be working with Film Dutchess and Stockade Works on this second Hudson Valley Film Conference,” said Dawn Ansbro, executive director of the Orange County NY Arts Council, Inc. and the Orange County NY Film Office. “The first one, which was held last October at SUNY Orange in Newburgh, was incredibly well-attended. With so much information to share and so much interest, we’re committed to working with our fellow film offices to help prepare and educate the region about film.”

Stockade Works Co-founder & Executive Director Beth Davenport added, “Stockade Works is thrilled to be collaborating on the second annual Hudson Valley Film Conference. Our panels and breakouts bring new perspectives and ideas to both those entering the industry and established professionals. From learning about new trends in film and television to industry roundtables, the day is sure to be packed with insights and plenty of networking opportunities.”

About Dutchess Tourism

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works tobring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. 

For more information on the support efforts Film Dutchess offers, visit https://dutchesstourism.com/film-in-dutchess

The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is www.DutchessTourism.comand they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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May 24th, 2018

Corning Glass Barge to Stop in Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE--Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) GlassBarge docks at Waryas Park on the Poughkeepsie waterfront on June 9 - 10, offering glassblowing demos from 11 am - 5 pm, every 45 minutes. Up to 150 guests are welcome onboard for each 30-minute performance. It’s free, but pre-registration is required to board at https://www.cmog.org/glassmaking/demos/hot-glass-demos/glassbarge. CMoG celebrates its 150th Anniversary of glassmaking, which began as the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company. Now Corning Incorporated, they relocated via the New York Waterways by canal barge to Corning, now a center for important artistic and technological innovations in glass. Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is sponsoring the barge’s residency in Dutchess County.

This 30’ x 80’ canal barge is specially equipped with the Museum’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the recreation of the 1868 barge voyage emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. A flotilla of historic ships will accompany GlassBarge throughout the summer, including the Lois McClure, a replica of an 1862 canal barge, part of the permanent collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Everyone is invited aboard the Lois McClure at each port to learn about what life was like on board a canal barge in the 19th century. Tours are first come, first serve and don’t require registration.

“Dutchess Tourism is thrilled to be able to bring the GlassBarge to Poughkeepsie,” said Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba. “Thanks to collaborations with the City of Poughkeepsie, lower main street restaurants, arts and entertainment groups, and more, it’s going to be a great event to draw visitors to our waterfront.”

In addition to the hot glass demos (rain or shine), there will be a festival on shore. The Dutchess County Historical Society’s Over Here WWI exhibition will be on display, and Ill Harmonix will provide live music and entertainment for the weekend (weather dependent).

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said, “We’re incredibly excited to welcome the Corning Museum of Glass organization to our city, and are appreciative that our community gets to play a part in its 150th anniversary celebration. We welcome people to Poughkeepsie’s majestic riverfront to spend an afternoon learning about glass blowing techniques, touring a historic boat, and getting a bite to eat in the city’s nearby eateries.”  

The South Street Seaport Museum will also be on hand to share information about their role in the GlassBarge project. Again, due to limited seating aboard GlassBarge, reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made at www.cmog.org/glassbarge.

“Our team of gaffers (glassmakers) welcomes the opportunity to share the art of glass with new audiences. We’re eager to fire up the furnaces to 2100° for a summer of glassblowing on the waterways of New York!” said Steve Gibbs, Senior Manager of Hot Glass Business and Technology Development. “GlassBarge gives visitors the chance to see our glassmakers demonstrate how to shape glowing globs of molten glass into vases, bowls, and sculptures.”

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In total, GlassBarge will travel to thirty cities and towns, offering glassblowing demonstrations at each port. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial (2017-2025). A full summer schedule is available at www.cmog.org/GlassBarge.

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May 21st, 2018

Poughkeepsie Galleria, Dutchess Tourism & Arts Mid-Hudson Announce Mural Project

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) and Poughkeepsie Galleria are seeking proposals from artists for a commissioned mural project at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. The mural will enhance what will become the newly expanded Dutchess Tourism Information Center located inside the Galleria near the Food Court. The two organizations are working in partnership with Arts Mid-Hudson to solicit submissions, collect and judge the proposals.

The Poughkeepsie Galleria Dutchess Tourism Mural Project RFP asks artists, “What are the highlights of Dutchess County?” The successful project would be a showcase of the best of Dutchess County, from the natural beauty of the outdoors, the Hudson River, and Farm Fresh agriculture, to the significant historic sites, food and craft beverage, chef culture, colleges, arts and museums.

Artists have the opportunity to submit their proposals to Arts Mid-Hudson through their Submittable portal between May 21 and June 21, 2018. For more details and a list of requirements, interested artists should visit the Arts Mid-Hudson website:  https://artsmidhudson.org/poughkeepsie-galleria-dutchess-tourism-mural-project/. The winner will be announced in mid-July with mural completion expected by mid-October. A media event, ribbon cutting and public reception in The Galleria Community Room will celebrate the final project.

According to Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, “Of the 18 Tourist Information Centers we have located throughout Dutchess County, the Poughkeepsie Galleria is the one that gets the most traffic.” She added, “This mural will help draw people to the new and expanded rack location in the mall and allow us to reach more people and create greater awareness of the many things there are to see and do in Dutchess.”

“Poughkeepsie Galleria is thrilled to partner with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and Arts Mid-Hudson on this wonderful project,” said Galleria Marketing Director Jessica Pecchia. “We are proud to showcase the beauty of the Hudson Valley, collaborate with local, talented artists and further strengthen us as Dutchess County’s community center.”    

Arts Mid-Hudson Executive Director Linda Marston-Reid concurred. "We are excited to promote another great mural opportunity in Dutchess County, which highlights the vibrant activities we have in the region and showcases our talented artists."  

Tourism is a major economic driver for Dutchess County. An estimated five million people visit annually and in 2016, spent an average of $568.3 million on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess County according to Tourism Economics.  

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ABOUT POUGHKEEPSIE GALLERIA
Poughkeepsie Galleria is Dutchess County’s only enclosed shopping center and the premier destination for the area, welcoming 12 million visitors annually. It offers 140 national and local stores under one roof, dining at Ruby Tuesday plus a full food court and snacks options, and entertainment options such as K1 Speed, an indoor go-carting track as well as Regal Cinemas a 16 screen, stadium seating theatre. For more information, visit PoughkeepsieGalleriaMall.com 

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.
Dutchess Tourism is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000.

ABOUT ARTS MID-HUDSON
Arts Mid-Hudson is the preeminent nonprofit regional arts service organization serving Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties. Their initiatives engage and promote the arts across the Mid-Hudson region, benefiting artists, arts organizations and communities. Visit artsmidhudson.org, email info@artsmidhudson.org or call 845.454.3222.

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May 15th, 2018

Congress Urged to Fully Fund Maintenance of National Parks

ALBANY, N.Y. — As part of National Infrastructure Week, advocates are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at national parks here in New York and across the country.

There are two dozen National Park Service sites in the Empire State, drawing more than 19 million visitors a year and generating more than $700 million in local spending in 2017 alone. But years of deferred maintenance have left a backlog of needed repairs that was estimated at $11.6 billion for all parks nationally as of 2017.

According to Mary Kay Vrba, president of Dutchess County Tourism, from Niagara Falls to the Statue of Liberty, maintaining national parks in New York means preserving not only their economic value but critical pieces of our national heritage as well.

"This history that's here just really defines us on who we are and who we want to become,” Vrba said. “And it's so important to keep these structures in working conditions and to protect our national treasures."

Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a Restore America's Parks Campaign, calling on Congress to preserve the nation's history, protect local economies and create jobs by fixing the nation's parks.

Marcia Argust, director of the campaign, said more than 180 infrastructure groups, including architects, electricians, engineers and construction workers, have signed on to a letter calling for Congress to put their members to work on maintenance and repairs.

"We're talking about historic structures, buildings, roads, bridges, trails, campgrounds, waterfronts, recreation facilities,” Argust said.

A Pew-commissioned analysis found that addressing the maintenance backlog facing the National Park Service would create or support more than 9,800 jobs in New York State alone.

Vrba pointed out that Dutchess County is home to the estate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who brought the country through the Great Depression and World War II, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who played a key role in development of the universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"It's so relevant today to what's going on in our country that we need to see where we were,” Vrba said; “and if we don't continue to maintain and keep these places open, all that valuable knowledge is going to be lost."

Congressional lawmakers are considering several bills to address deferred maintenance in the national parks.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts

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May 8th, 2018

The Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction Finalists

The Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction

  • Bard College - winner
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Arts Award of Distinction               

  • Beacon Arts/Second Saturdays
  • The Moviehouse
  • The Wassaic Project - winner

Culinary Award of Distinction

  • Hyde Park Brewing Company - winner
  • Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie
  • Terrapin

Family Entertainment Award of Distinction       

  • Bounce! Trampoline Sports
  • Four Brothers Drive-In Theater
  • Harlem Valley Farm & Food Alliance - winner
    (Brookby Farm, Hoofprint Cheese Company, JSK Cattle Company, Locust Hill Market & Soukup Farms)

History Award of Distinction

  • Bannerman’s Castle
  • Beekman Arms
  • Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome - winner

Outdoors Award of Distinction

  • Formal Gardens at Vanderbilt Mansion - winner
  • James Baird State Park
  • Norrie Point Paddlesport Center

Hospitality Award of Distinction

  • Paige Flori, Boutique Wines, Spirits & Cider
  • Sabrina Kardas, Hampton Inn Fishkill - winner
  • Scott Koster, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

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May 8th, 2018

Winners Announced for Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction at National Travel Rally Day Celebration

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) celebrated National Travel Rally Day with the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction, Tuesday, May 8th in front of a sold-out crowd at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum. Three finalists in each of seven categories were highlighted at a special, locally-sourced breakfast catered by Simply Gourmet that included premier products from Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Hudson Valley Fresh, Bank Square Coffeehouse, and Taconic Distillery, among other outstanding providers. Central Hudson was the event’s Platinum Sponsor.

Winners in each category (in bold) received beautiful, hand-crafted awards made by Hudson Beach Glass:

The Dutchess County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction: Bard College

Finalists were: The Culinary Institute of America and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Arts Award of Distinction: The Wassaic Project

Finalists were: Beacon Arts/Second Saturdays and The Moviehouse

Culinary Award of Distinction: Hyde Park Brewing Company

Finalists were: Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie and Terrapin

Family Entertainment Award of Distinction: Harlem Valley Farm & Food Alliance which consists of Brookby Farm, Hoofprint Cheese Company, JSK Cattle Company, Locust Hill Market & Soukup Farms

Finalists were: Bounce! Trampoline Sports and Four Brothers Drive-in Theater

History Award of Distinction: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Finalists were: Bannerman’s Castle and the Beekman Arms

Outdoors Award of Distinction: Formal Gardens at F.W. Vanderbilt National Historic Site

Finalists were: James Baird State Park and Norrie Point Paddlesport Center

Hospitality Award of Distinction: Sabrina Kardas, Hampton Inn Fishkill

Finalists were: Paige Flori, Boutique Wines, Spirits & Cider and Scott Koster, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

“The Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction are another way we can highlight the amazing businesses, organizations, restaurants and historic sites that make us Distinctly Dutchess,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners, especially those up for the County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction: Bard College, The Culinary Institute of America, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum. These organizations consistently go above and beyond to serve the community and offer an incredible variety of programming and attractions.” He added, “Having such a diverse range of destinations to share with visitors, family and friends is just one more reason Dutchess County is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.”

National Travel Rally Day is a part of National Tourism week, which runs from May 6–12, 2018. The annual event, established by a congressional order in 1983, serves to champion the power of travel and the impactful contributions tourism makes to the US economy. Tourism continues to be a major economic driver for Dutchess County and has seen continuous growth since Dutchess Tourism began promoting the area in 1984. An estimated five million people visit Dutchess annually and in 2016, spent an average of $568.3 million on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess County.

According to Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, “The travel industry in Dutchess County is so strong because it is so collaborative.” Adding, “These 5th Annual Awards of Distinction allow us to celebrate exceptional tourism partners county-wide who work tirelessly to innovate, grow and invest to build a destination that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.” Vrba also noted, “We could not market Dutchess County as successfully as we do without the full cooperation and support of our many partners who understand that together, we can accomplish so much more building our ‘Distinctly Dutchess’ brand than we can alone.”

Following the awards breakfast, DTI hosted its annual Brochure Exchange outside the FDR Library & Museum. Almost 100 local tourism representatives furthered those collaborations by exchanging information about their sites to increase awareness of the various activities and destinations tourists can enjoy throughout the county.

Dutchess Tourism appreciates all the event sponsors in addition to Platinum Sponsor Central Hudson. Gold sponsors were BBG&G Advertising & PR and Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. Silver sponsors were the Content Studio at Martinelli Custom Publishing, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley Renegades, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, The Poughkeepsie Galleria, and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Bronze sponsors were Adams Fairacre Farms, Andrea Reynolds, Crush & Varma Law Group, The Culinary Institute of America, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Hudson Valley Concierge, Hyde Park Brewing Company, Luminary Media, Mount Gulian Historic Site, and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Taconic Region.

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April 12th, 2018

EscapeMaker.com Kicks Off Spring with Local Hudson Valley Farm, Winery & Craft Beverage Tours from New York City

EscapeMaker.com expands partnership with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. to operate their popular Farm Fresh Tours program with Metro-North Railroad; also offering direct bus tours from NYC.

BROOKLYN, NY— EscapeMaker.com, New York’s guide to local farm escapes and weekend getaways since 2000, kicks off its second year of farm, food and craft beverage tours in the Hudson Valley. After a successful first season operating Dutchess Tourism, Inc.’s Farm Fresh Tours with Metro-North Railroad in 2017, the EscapeMaker team is continuing that program, and also partnering with Urban Adventures NYC to offer full day farm and craft beverage tours via direct bus from New York City beginning in May 2018. www.EscapeMaker.com/farmfreshtours

"We are happy to work again with EscapeMaker.com to highlight Farm Fresh Dutchess. Dutchess Tourism has been bringing visitors to the county in partnership with Metro-North for more than 10 years. We’re pleased to continue to support the Dutchess County agriculture industry, and showcase to our visitors the unique crafts and beverages that are offered, along with open space and scenic beauty," says Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO.

“These tours truly highlight the best of Dutchess County’s farm and craft beverage tourism,” says Caylin Sanders, founder and CEO of local travel veteran EscapeMaker.com. “From apple picking to wine and whiskey tasting, this season’s extended tour offerings, overnight packages and flexible hop on/off shuttles ensure that there is no lack of flavor and fun for all ages!”

“We’ve wanted to expand into this market for a long time,” says David Nazcycz, CEO of award-winning Urban Adventures NYC. “Our focus has always been on walking tours that highlight innovation within the culinary and craft beverage sphere. The partnership with EscapeMaker, to offer these tours to our customers who want to travel a bit further out, is a great fit.”

Local tristate residents or NYC tourists can book three themed direct bus tours from New York City to Dutchess County ranging from $99-$149 per person:

Dutchess Wine Trail Tour (May 5, 6, 12) spends the day wine tasting and touring the grounds of Clinton Vineyards, Cascade Mountain Winery, and/or Millbrook Vineyards & Winery and feasting on a farm fresh lunch in the vineyard with dinner on your own in the town of Rhinebeck.

Pints & Politics Figures Tour (July 21, 22) explores the historic sites of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val Kill Cottage and FDR’s home, the historic Springwood estate, before touring and sampling some locally crafted beer at Hyde Park Brewing Company.

Hiking, Booze & Brews Tour (August 18, 25, September 9) begins with a hike at scenic Mount Beacon and Hudson Highlands, and then visits Hudson Valley Brewery, 2 Way Brewing and Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon.

Customers can also choose from three Dutchess Farm Fresh Excursions via Metro-North Railroad, which have been operating for more than ten years and are always hot in demand. This year, for the first time, the buses will operate on a hop on / hop off looper system, allowing participants to choose how much or how little time they would like to spend at each site. Tours range from $27- $59.75 per person.

Dutchess Farms & Wineries Hop On/Off Weekend excursion (June 9, 10) picks up at the Wassaic Metro-North station (June 9, 10) and loops between the Village of Millerton, McEnroe Organic Farm, award-winning wineries Millbrook Vineyards or Cascade Mountain Winery, Soukup Farms for maple making and tasting, and animal sanctuary, Lucky Orphan’s Horse Rescue. Stay for the day or book an overnight package.

Dutchess Fruit Farms & Berry Picking Hop On/Off Weekend excursion (July 28, 29) picks up at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station (July 28, 29) and starts the day in the historic town of Rhinebeck before looping between Greig Farm, Rose Hill Farm, Mead Orchards and/or Kesicke Farm for berry picking and farm market shopping. Overnight packages are available.

Dutchess Apple Picking & Farms Hop On/Off excursions (September & October, select weekends) pick up at the Wassaic station and take visitors to Fishkill Farms, Meadowbrook Farm, and/or Sprout Creek Farm to revel in the fall foliage, harvest festivals and cornucopia of apples and cider doughnuts.

In addition, overnight packages are offered at area lodgings such as The Olde Rhinebeck Inn c. 1745, Hideaway Suites B&B, the Roosevelt Inn of Hyde Park, Amenia House, Blue Barn B&B and the Inn at Pine Plains.

Hop On/Off weekend excursions and tours via Metro-North Railroad require that reservations be made at least 48 hours in advance and confirmed before a train ticket is purchased at http://www.EscapeMaker.com/farmfreshtours  and overnight packages and direct bus tour tickets can be purchased there as well.

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EscapeMaker.com’s mission is to provide New York City area residents with the education and tools necessary to break free from New York City and explore the countless farmers, producers, wineries, craft beverage trails and local agritourism destinations located within a day’s drive or train ride of New York City. Whether it is through overnight packages, local tasting showcases or tours, EscapeMaker advocates lowering one’s carbon footprint and supporting the local economy through unique local experiences.

Urban Adventures NYC http://www.newyorkcityurbanadventures.com  
Specializing in experiences featuring food, craft beverages, and culture in New York City, Urban Adventures NYC is for those who want to get away from the tourists and really connect with a city, with a local by their side. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case our Urban Adventures NYC tours take travelers to interesting places to experience local culture and see what makes a place unique.

About Dutchess Tourism Inc. http://www.dutchesstourism.com  
Dutchess Tourism Inc. (DTI) is a private nonprofit 501(c)6 whose purpose is to promote Dutchess County and stimulate economic growth by attracting overnight visitors, meetings and conferences to Dutchess County. The area is known internationally as the epicenter for culinary innovation, agritourism, wine and for its bucolic landscapes and exquisite Hudson River vistas.

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April 12th, 2018

Dutchess Tourism Releases 2018 Destination Guide

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) announced publication of a new Dutchess County Destination Guide. This new format presents compelling editorial geared toward motivating people to visit and discover the unexpected in Dutchess County. This is an evolution from previous travel guides that listed tourism businesses by type. This 68-page, full color guide organizes information by geographic regions, breaking the county into four sections, as well as areas of interest, such as historic sites and family fun. Short write-ups tell you what you shouldn’t miss in each area, and offers shopping and dining highlights for each region of the county.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “Tourism helps drive a healthy economy, which in turn helps our community, and the more than 300,000 people who call Dutchess County home, to grow and thrive. But tourism isn’t just about attracting visitors. It’s about telling our story, sharing our region’s rich heritage, and highlighting the many restaurants, inns, parks, and historic sites that make us ‘Distinctly Dutchess.’ We commend the team at Dutchess Tourism, Inc., led by President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, for deeply believing in this inherent value and skillfully crafting the ‘Dutchess County Destination Guide’ to showcase all the county has to offer both residents and visitors.”

The guide lists the most popular annual events, all of the accommodations, transportation links, Tourism Information Centers and more. A section on hidden gems entitled “Did You Know” has been added as well as a page of “Fun Facts” about the county.  Due to ever-increasing interest, the section on Craft Beverages has been expanded, while Dining and Colleges are also well represented. Dutchess County has become a major destination for weddings, so a section on places at which to hold ceremonies and receptions was added to address that growth.

DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba said, “Now, in one place, visitors can quickly learn what to do in Beacon, for example. Then they can turn to sections on the arts, golf, recreation, and the like. Rather than just a catalog of sites, these fun, easy-to-read, short articles will help potential visitors decide what to see and do when they explore Dutchess County.”

Produced in partnership with Luminary Media, 90,000 copies of the Guide have been printed and will be distributed at DTI’s 18 Tourist Information Centers located throughout the county, as well as at New York State Thruway Information Centers, domestic and international trade shows, travel agents and tour operator mailings. Guides will also be sent by request to chambers of commerce, business organizations, AAA Clubs and individuals responding to ads, articles and social media posts.

Tourism continues to be a major local economic driver. More than 4.75 million people visit the county annually. In addition to spending over half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions and transportation, they generated $40.9 million in local taxes and $31.7 million for New York State. Were it not for tourism-generated taxes, the average local household would pay an additional $678 to maintain the same level of government revenue.

2016 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 7.6% over 2015 to more than $568 million. This is the seventh consecutive year spending has increased and the one with the largest annual jump. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess County.

View the digital version of the 2018 Dutchess Tourism Travel Guide online at https://dutchesstourism.com/brochures-guides-newsletters or access a downloadable pdf copy.

For more information on planning your trip to Dutchess County go online https://dutchesstourism.com, as more than 1.4 million visitors did in 2017. There you will find complete listings of all Dutchess Tourism related business, a calendar of events, videos, suggested itineraries, spotlight features and package deals. Book your trip now and discover that it may be unexpected, but it’s #DistinctlyDutchess.

 

ABOUT LUMINARY MEDIA

Luminary Media was born in the summer of 1993 to support the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley. The parent company of the iconic Chronogram, Luminary Media has 20 years of custom publishing experience including travel guides, and the launch, sale, and reacquisition of Upstate House, a popular Hudson Valley real estate, design, and green living publication. Luminary Media, Inc.’s mission is to disseminate media and create events that nourish the creative life of the region, and in the world, and to demonstrate a paradigm of that creativity in action.

 

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.

The DTI Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It’s an independent 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess. The website is www.DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess Tourism is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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April 11th, 2018

Fishkill Bowl set to host NYS Women's Championships

FISHKILL, NY – Close to 1,600 women bowlers from across the state will be competing in the 82nd NYS Women’s Championships in April and May at Fishkill Bowl.

The tournament, coordinated by the New York State United States Bowling Congress (USBC), is scheduled for April 14-15, 20-22, 27-29, May 4-6, 18-20 and will feature nearly 400 four-person teams.

“We’re excited to be back in the Hudson Valley again and are looking forward to working with the Hudson Valley USBC association directors and the management and staff of Fishkill Bowl,” said Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager. “Our experiences in the Poughkeepsie area have been nothing but positive.”

The tournament gets under way at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and will be marked by a short opening ceremony featuring local dignitaries, Pettinella said.

For more information about the event, go to the NYS USBC website, www.bowlny.com.

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March 29th, 2018

Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club announces Run for Heroes Races and 40th Annual Dutchess County Classic

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9th for the Run for Heroes 10K, 5K, and Kids 1-mile races, and Sunday, September 16th for the 40th Annual Dutchess County Classic, presented by The Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club (MHRRC).

The Run for Heroes 10K, 5K, and kids’ 1-mile races will take place on Saturday, June 9th at 8:00 a.m. at Gold’s Gym Trailhead, located at 258 Titusville Road in Poughkeepsie, and will highlight the William R Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “Dutchess County looks forward to showcasing the 40th Anniversary of the Dutchess County Classic in September and Run for Heroes race this spring. We are pleased the race, which will honor local fire, EMS, police, and military personnel, will feature the award-winning Dutchess Rail Trail, and align with our Year of the Veteran celebrations.”

Immediately following the race, the club will recognize the following in a memorial ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. Gold’s Gym. All are welcome to attend.

  • Mount Marion Firefighter Captain Jack Rose
  • Petty Officer First Class Corey Ingram
  • FDNY firefighter Ray Phillips
  • Walden Police Officer Dustin James
  • NYPD Detective Nicholas Budney
  • 9 VMGR-452 fallen Marines from Stewart Air National Guard Base

The MHRRC also announced registration is now open for the 40th Annual Dutchess County Classic taking place on Sunday, September 16th at 8:00 a.m. at the Lagrange Town Hall located at 120 Stringham Road in Lagrangeville. Race will include a half marathon, 5K and kids’ 1-mile. World record holder Bill Rodgers, best known for his four victories in the Boston Marathon, as well as three straight for the New York City Marathon, will run in this year’s Dutchess County Classic to celebrate his legendary 1978 victories when he won both the Boston and the NYC Marathons within the same year.

Dutchess Tourism Inc., President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba said, “We are fortunate to have such an enthusiastic running community who organizes quality races which benefit our entire tri-state area. During these events, athletes get to experience Dutchess County’s universal park system and share in the camaraderie of our local community.”

Captain Daniel Cartica, Co-Race Director for Run For Heroes Race said, “First Responders and military service members represent some of the finest and best individual. Anything that can be done to show our gratitude and indebtedness for their service and sacrifice will be greatly appreciated.”

Jazmin Awada Community Building VISTA Program Director, United Way of Dutchess-Orange Counties said, “United Way is grateful to be an ongoing partner of the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club and we are appreciative for their long-term contribution. We are thankful to be a Dutchess County Classic recipients again this year.”

Sponsors are available now for both running events. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to reach a large, regional audience, all while helping to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through running.

Proceeds from the Run for Heroes race will benefit local veterans programs. Proceeds from the 40th Dutchess County Classic will benefit United Way of Dutchess-Orange Counties.
 

Both races are generously sponsored by the following:

Premier Sponsors:

The Bagel Shoppe
Dutchess Chrysler Jeep Dodge Kia
Feldman Physical Therapy
Fleet Feet Sports
Gold’s Gym
HealthQuest
My Brother Bobby’s Salsa
Orthopedic Associates
Wendy’s


Media Sponsors:

Poughkeepsie Journal Media

Community Partners:

Dutchess County Government
Dutchess County DPW-Parks Division
Dutchess Tourism Inc.
Town of LaGrange

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ABOUT THE MID-HUDSON ROAD RUNNERS CLUB–The Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club’s mission is to promote running within the Hudson Valley. We encourage an active lifestyle and offer recreational running, competitive racing, and weekly training opportunities.   Go to http://www.mhrrc.org/ for upcoming race listings.

 

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Contact for more information:  Keith Axelrod

President, Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club

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(914) 456-0708.

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March 29th, 2018

Nominations Accepted for 5th Annual Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) is requesting nominations from Dutchess County residents and businesses for their 5th Annual Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Arts; Culinary; Family Fun; History; Outdoors; and Hospitality. Nominees should be tourism-related businesses or organizations open to the public with the exception of the Hospitality Award which is for a front-line customer service staff member, who consistently goes above and beyond to help travelers to Dutchess County have an excellent experience. Nominations are due by March 30 and past winners are not eligible. For submission information and a list of past winners, visit DutchessTourism.com/nominations.

Three finalists in each category will be announced by April 13 and the winners will be named at The Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction Breakfast held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum’s Wallace Center, Tuesday, May 8th. For more information, sponsorship details or to purchase tickets, visit DutchessTourism.com/tourism-business-events.

According to Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, “The Awards of Distinction are a way for us to celebrate the excellent work our tourism partners are doing to create a Distinctly Dutchess experience for the millions of visitors that travel to the Hudson Valley every year.” She added, “What’s especially wonderful, is that this is our fifth year presenting these awards and there is no shortage of worthy candidates. Our sites continue to grow, innovate, and make a significant contribution to our success as a world-class destination.”

Tourism has a significant economic impact in Dutchess County, where more than 4.75 million people visit annually and spend an average of $568 million on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess.

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March 29th, 2018

Hudson Valley Tourism Businesses Invited to Trends Conference

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) announced it will be hosting a Tourism Trends Conference, Wednesday, April 4 at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a tourism partner meeting just for Dutchess County tourism-related businesses and then open up to include tourism entities throughout the entire Hudson Valley region from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The partner meeting will include a presentation from DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba, who will discuss the state of tourism in Dutchess County, including how Dutchess Tourism works to support businesses and their innovative efforts planned for the coming year. One of these is access to the new extranet on DTI’s website, which will allow partners to log into their accounts and update their contacts, listings, events, images, and more. DTI Vice President Melaine Rottkamp will conduct this extranet training at the meeting. DTI website listings are an important tool Dutchess’ tourism businesses can use to reach potential visitors to the county. Almost 1.5 million visits to the website were logged in 2017 from all over the world.

The partner meeting will also include a kick-off to DTI’s upcoming visitor profile study and strategic planning efforts, led by Berkeley Young, of Young Strategies, Inc. based in Charlotte, NC. Young Strategies specializes in research and strategic planning for the travel industry and has worked with more than 100 destinations in 26 states.

The afternoon Tourism Trends Conference will feature a luncheon with keynote speaker Ross Levi, executive director of tourism for Empire State Development. Levi leads the iconic I LOVE NY tourism promotion program and has helped to oversee the Governor’s annual Tourism Summit, the Adirondack and Catskill Challenges, and the Path Through History heritage tourism initiative. His efforts spurred the creation and development of the I LOVE NEW YORK LGBT campaign.

The rest of the afternoon will be filled with breakout sessions. Young, who is also a popular and insightful speaker at travel industry and related conferences nationwide, will conduct two presentations. The first, “Innovators Lead the Way,” will dispel some myths and reveal ways to take a fresh look at what businesses are doing to be more innovative. Smart marketers have to sort through the vast array of options available to get their message out, and find innovative ways to grab the travel planners’ attention. His other presentation, “Destination Management for Sustainability,” will share methods to define the purpose and end-goal of destination management for the sustainability of the destination and how to manage potential “over-tourism”.

Sally Berry, known as The Attractions Coach, will give a presentation on “Becoming China Ready” and conduct hands-on WeChat training sessions. According to a 2017 US Department of Commerce report, 2.97 million Chinese tourists traveled to the US in 2016, spending a total of $33 billion, exceeding that of tourists from other countries. Berry is a seasoned tourism professional with extensive expertise working with the Chinese travel market. A top presenter at meetings & conferences, her hands-on presentations give attendees tools to immediately implement

Vrba said, “We’re excited to invite the Hudson Valley’s tourism businesses to Dutchess County to share in this information-packed conference.” She added, “Working together to strengthen the Hudson Valley brand will help us all continue to be successful, and allow us to capitalize on the extensive opportunities available for collaboration, which are so important for the growth of our economy.”

Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and is responsible for 6.7% of all employment in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley region generated the third most tourism dollars in the state, behind New York City and Long Island. Visitor spending on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions in the region in 2016 exceeded $3.5 billion with $568 million of that in Dutchess County.

Tickets for the Tourism Trends Conference are $50 per person and include lunch. Sponsorship information and tickets are available online at https://dutchesstourism.com/tourism-trends-conference. For questions, please email mrottkamp@dutchesstourism.com or call (845) 463-5432.

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March 21st, 2018

Dutchess Tourism Inc. Receives Gold Award for Virtual Reality Video

Poughkeepsie, NY (February 23, 2018)— Dutchess Tourism, Inc. has been recognized with a Gold AVA Digital Award for its innovative virtual reality (VR) video.

Dutchess Tourism, Inc., the County’s official tourism promotion agency, recently produced a VR video giving viewers the opportunity to experience Dutchess attractions in an immersive way. The 360-degree video can be viewed on desktop computers, while the virtual reality version can be viewed on mobile devices with a VR headset and the Vimeo app. Some of the content featured includes The Culinary Institute of America, The Walkway Over the Hudson, and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.  (The video can be accessed at: http://dutchesstourism.com/360).

“Dutchess County draws nearly five million visitors who spend nearly $570 million in our stores, restaurants, and hotels annually,” said County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “Dutchess Tourism’s progressive use of technology, like this award-winning Virtual Reality video, sets us apart as a destination and a place to live, work, and raise a family. Congratulations to Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba and BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations President & CEO Deborah Garry and their teams on this much-deserved honor.”

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition recognizing the creativity and innovation in digital marketing.  With over 2,500 entries from the Unites States, Canada and 16 other countries, a panel of professionals from the Association of Marketing and Communication judges entries. The VR video won the gold award under the “creativity video production” category.

“VR video is an emerging medium that allows Dutchess Tourism to engage audiences in a new way, said Dutchess Tourism, Inc. President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba. “It’s also a helpful tool for us to use when we represent the County at travel trade and consumer shows.”
 

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.

The DTI office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie, with 19 Tourism Information Centers located around Dutchess County. Their website is www.DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Follow Dutchess Tourism on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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February 21st, 2018

Dutchess Tourism Hosts Free Seminars

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) will host four Lunch & Learn Seminars on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m., March 21, 28, April 11 and 18, 2018. These free seminars are geared toward tourism-related businesses and participants are encouraged to bring their lunches to eat while they listen to the presentations. There will also be time for networking with other participants and the speakers.

“This is the fifth year we’ve run this very popular series and we’re excited to add new topics that haven’t been covered before,” said Dutchess Tourism Vice President Melaine Rottkamp. “Our goal is to continue to provide Dutchess County’s tourism businesses with the support they need to be successful and these seminars are just one of the many ways we do that.”

Kacie Vassari, DTI’s communications specialist, will kick off each seminar with a short social media tips and tricks segment.

On March 21, Deborah Garry, BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations president and CEO, will speak on the basics of dynamic digital marketing at The Rhinecliff. More than just uploading a DIY website, a smart, strategic digital marketing plan utilizes several tools that work cohesively to spread your message. The team at BBG&G will describe how you can leverage emails, newsletters, social media, mobile apps, digital advertising, and more.

The “New York Sherpa” Josiah Brown, of New York’s Best Experiences, will draw on his extensive experience to teach businesses how to win more first time visitors. Find out what words, images and stories travelers respond to, and how to position your brand to benefit from first time customers. This March 28 seminar will take place at Canvas at The Artist’s Palate in Poughkeepsie.

Participants will be encouraged to Think DIFFERENTLY on April 11 when Dawn Wilson from The ARC of Dutchess will discuss disability employment at the Boardman Road Branch, of the Poughkeepsie Library District. Springhill Suites Residence Inn in Fishkill will host Jason Stern, co-founder and publisher of Luminary Media on April 18. His presentation titled The Halo Effect: The Synergy of Aligning Your Brand with Influential Media Channels, will cover strategic alignment through editorial relationships and advertising to enable a destination business to benefit from the 'halo effect' of the respect media brands have earned. Best practices for engaging editorial teams and strategies to optimize advertising campaigns will also be discussed.

To learn more about DTI’s Lunch & Learn series, visit www.dutchesstourism.com. To RSVP, please email mrottkamp@dutchesstourism.com or call (845)463-5432. Those interested do not have to attend all four presentations in order to participate.

Tourism has a significant economic impact in Dutchess County, where more than 4.5 million people visit annually and spend an average of $568 million on lodging, food, shopping, and area attractions. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people in Dutchess according to Tourism Economics.

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About Dutchess Tourism Dutchess Tourism, Inc. is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County and is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International. It is a 501c6 non-profit organization that works to bring tourism dollars to area businesses by marketing and promoting the assets of Dutchess County to the nation and the world. The office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 18 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. The website is www.DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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February 15th, 2018

Dutchess County Bids to Host 2019 and 2020 Special Olympics New York Summer Games.

Dutchess County has submitted a formal application to Special Olympics New York, to host the 2019 and 2020 Special Olympic New York State Summer Games. Dutchess was the winning site and hosted the 2016 and 2017 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games with much success and had one of the largest volunteer turnouts in the Games’ history.

Special Olympics is an Olympic-style athletic training and competition program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympic New York State Summer Games have been at the forefront of the State events and they culminate months of training and competition by athletes.

State summer games will include a number of sports. Swimming, track and field, basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, and volleyball sporting competitions will be held.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “Dutchess County is proud to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY.’ Having set volunteer records when we hosted the 2016 and 2017 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, we are eager to again show that spirit of community by hosting the Special Olympics New York State Summer Games in 2019 and 2020. Local individuals, civic groups and businesses are proud to welcome athletes, coaches and families back to share and celebrate their competitive spirit, individual accomplishments and proudly exclaim, Dutchess County knows how to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY.’ ”

The region’s reputation hosting the Winter Games in 2016-17 and the high caliber of the area’s sports facilities make Dutchess County a desirable place to host the games.

“After having an incredible experience hosting the 2016 and 2017 Special Olympics New York Winter Games we are thrilled to offer our home, Dutchess County, as the host for the 2019 and 2020 Summer Games. The Games’ Organizing Committee, businesses and community are ready to welcome and create a memorable experience for the athletes that they cannot receive anywhere else!” noted Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has agreed to serve as the Committee Co-Chair once again with Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc. 

The Special Olympics New York State Summer Games are expected to involve more than 1,000 athletes and 500 coaches from across the state. If Dutchess County is awarded the bid, approximately 1,500 volunteers from the community will be sought each year to share in the powerful experience of being involved in a Special Olympics New York event. 

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba said, “Hosting the summer games has been on our minds ever since the winter games ended. It really requires a community effort in order for it to succeed, and Dutchess has demonstrated we can do that. From our partners in the hospitality industry that ensured first-rate, secure lodging, to the record number of volunteers cheering on the athletes, we all worked hard to made the games a successful and unforgettable competition for the participants,” she concluded, and she is once again ready to reprise her role as Committee co-chair.

Special Olympics New York serve more than 68,000 athletes, supported by 5,000 coaches and more than 30,000 volunteers. Special Olympics New York is the largest program in North America and the 6th largest program in the world.

Dutchess County likely will have competition from upstate cities, some of which have hosted the games, and possibly Long Island and other regions.

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January 31st, 2018

Season 10 FIREBALL RUN Anniversary Edition Premieres on Amazon

Featuring the history, sites, and people of Dutchess County, New York

SANTA FE, NM. – The much anticipated tenth season of the Fireball Run television series has premiered on Amazon Video.  Entire episodes of the 26-episode adventure-travel series take place in and around Dutchess County. Season 10, titled Anniversary Edition, spotlights the great history, sights, attractions, and people of the region.

Typically, Fireball Run is released 11 months after live production completion. However, a number of studio delays prevented producers from making the original September 2017 premiere date. “We sincerely regret the lengthy series delay. Unfortunately, there are circumstances which we as producers do not control. I know so many great folks in the community have been anxiously waiting for their moment. Entertainment at times can be an unpredictable industry,” said J. Sanchez, Fireball Run’s creator and showrunner. He continued, “That being said, while I am proud to announce our best season to date, I’m prouder to have worked with Dutchess Tourism Director, Mary Kay Vrba. Mary Kay was the most “We’ve got this” tourism leader I’ve ever had the honor of teaming with. And know what? She indeed got it. Her experience made filming in the area the smoothest destination engagement in ten seasons.”

Fireball Run is best described as a contest, history, and travel show combined. Filmed authentically in real-time, Fireball Run chronicles the 2,000-mile adventurous journey of 40 driving teams as they receive several clues which if solved, lead to rare, historic, or epic experiences within the destinations featured in the series.

Teams receive points for successfully locating and experiencing each location. No easy task; solving the clues often involves assistance from a strong support team of fans, family, friends. In the case of number 73, IntergraOptics,  Bazillion Astronaut Marcos Pontes not only had NASA’s assistance, all of Brazil interacted with him on Facebook. Dutchess County even had a hometown team in the competition. Freedom Ford Dealer-Owner, Rick Brownell and area auctioneer, Rob Doyle represented as team Distinctly Dutchess. How well did they score driving a Ford Explorer against vehicles ranging from Ferrari’s and McLauren’s to the Time Car from Back to the Future? You’re in luck if you have an Amazon Prime account. The series is distributed by Amazon and bingeing is free for Prime members. If not, maybe it’s time to join. Alternately, you can just go to Amazon to buy, download and keep the entire season.    

More than entertainment; since 2007 the series has leveraged its exposure to support Child Rescue Network, a 501-c3 charity. Fireball Run is equally renowned for its Race To Recover America’s Missing Children. Each competing team is assigned a child missing from their local region and provided 2000 posters featuring the child to distribute along the 2,000-mile, ten-day journey. The series has since aided in the successful recovery of 50 missing children.       
 

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December 2017 the production relocated from Orlando to its own 22-acre Scaramanga Studio-Ranch in Santa Fe, NM.

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November 3rd, 2017

Dutchess Tourism Passes One Million Website Visitor Milestone

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) announced that more than one million visitors have come to its website so far in 2017 for all manner of tourism information on the area. This is the first time the organization has reached this significant milestone, hitting 1,148,197 as of the end of October. Web traffic jumped 62% over 2016 year to date, which also saw an 87% increase from 2015 to 2016. The website, http://www.DutchessTourism.com, features 1,262 listings in categories ranging from lodging to restaurants, to history, the outdoors, the arts, shopping, family fun, farms, and more.
 
The website also offers a number of helpful features including spotlight articles, top 10 lists, suggested itineraries, a HV Trip Planner, and themed videos including DTI’s newly released virtual reality video, and their “Dutchess Craft Beverage” video, which won a 2016 Service Industry Advertising Association gold award.
 
One of the most popular features is the calendar of events, which highlights the many things to see and do in Dutchess. The calendar is constantly updated with the latest happenings and is a terrific resource for residents and visitors alike. Year to date, there have been 6,505 events listed which have been viewed 5,386,802 times.
 
DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba attributed the jump to increased marketing and advertising efforts domestically and internationally. “We’ve been working very hard over the past number of years to consistently keep the ‘Distinctly Dutchess’ and Hudson Valley brands out there in front of people traveling from outside the area and it’s paying off,” Vrba said. “People are finding our user-friendly website packed with information and using it to get everything they need to plan a great vacation!”
 
To that end, 2016 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 7.6% over 2015 to more than $568 million. This is the seventh consecutive year of growth and the one with the largest annual jump. This spending also generated $40.9 million in local taxes and $31.7 million for New York State. An estimated 4.75 million people visit the county annually sustaining 10,484 tourism related jobs within Dutchess.
 
 
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Our investment in Dutchess Tourism continues to pay dividends - creating jobs, improving our economy and increasing revenues. This milestone is evidence of what a valuable resource Dutchess Tourism is to the traveling public as well as to local residents looking for things to see and do in their own backyards.” 
 
ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.
The DTI office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 19 Tourist Information Centers located around Dutchess County. They can be reached at 845-463-4000 or at www.DutchessTourism.com. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, and became the independent 501c6 corporation Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014. DTI is the officially designated tourism promotion agency for Dutchess County and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess. In 2017, the organization earned accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International, 2025 M Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C., 20036, USA, Ph. 202-296-7888.

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October 24th, 2017

Dutchess is 1st Tourism Agency in Hudson Valley to Release Virtual Reality Video

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– If you’ve ever wanted to view the Hudson River and surrounding mountains from the open air cockpit of a bi-plane without leaving the comfort of your couch, look no further than Dutchess Tourism’s first virtual reality (VR) video.

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) announced that residents and visitors alike can now experience some of the “Distinctly Dutchess” activities and attractions the county has to offer through the magic of virtual reality by going to http://dutchesstourism.com/360.  The 360° version can be viewed on desktop computers and the virtual reality version on mobile devices or smart phones with a special VR viewer and the Vimeo app.

“VR video is an important cutting-edge tool that allows Dutchess Tourism to engage audiences in a new, high-tech way that particularly appeals to millennial travelers,” said DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba.

According to Cisco’s 2016 Visual Networking Index, “82% of consumer interest traffic will be video by the end of the decade.” Additionally, the 2016 YouGov Travel Booking Trends Study found that “71% of prospective travelers will download travel-specific VR content to their devices, and 33% confirmed they would book their next vacation following a positive VR experience.”

According to DTI Director of Tour & Travel Dawn Hopper, “Our virtual reality videos are an incredibly valuable tool for use at domestic and international travel trade shows in a way that printed materials are not.”

First-hand knowledge, gained through attendance at I Love NY coordinated sales missions to Europe, showed that many international tour operators are installing VR decks so prospective travelers can get a hint of what they’ll experience when they visit a destination. Production of VR videos allows Dutchess Tourism and the Hudson Valley to sell a new experience to visitors traveling from around the world -- especially through new connections created by Norwegian Airlines’ flights into Stewart International Airport that bring visitors from Ireland, Scotland, England and beyond to the Hudson Valley.

Tourism continues to be a major economic driver for Dutchess County. More than 4.75 million people visit the county annually, and in addition to spending over half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions and transportation, generated $40.9 million in local taxes and $31.7 million for New York State. According to the report, were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average household in Dutchess County would have to pay an additional $678 to maintain the same level of government revenue.

2016 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 7.6% over 2015 to more than $568 million. This is the seventh consecutive year spending has increased and the one with the largest annual jump. Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess County.

 

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ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.

The DTI office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 19 Tourism Information Centers located around Dutchess County. Their website is www.DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Follow Dutchess Tourism on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess. 

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September 29th, 2017

New Report Shows Tourist Spending Up Again in Dutchess

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company, recently released their report “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York” which showed 2016 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 7.6% over 2015 to more than $568 million. This is the seventh consecutive year spending has increased and the one with the largest annual jump.

Tourism continues to be a major economic driver for Dutchess County. More than 4.75 million people visit the county annually, and, in addition to spending more than  half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions and transportation, generated $40.9 million in local taxes and $31.7 million for New York State. Were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average household in Dutchess County would have to pay an additional $678 to maintain the same level of government services.

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI), an independent 501c6 non-profit organization, is the officially designated destination marketing organization for Dutchess County. DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba said, "Visitors from around the state, nation and world are discovering our Distinctly Dutchess attractions and are drawn to our one-of-a-kind experiences.” Vrba, who was recently named an Outstanding Woman in Destination Management/Marketing by Women in Travel and Tourism International, added, “Our promotional efforts not only support the world-renowned attractions and historic landmarks, but also many small businesses. We know our marketing efforts are vital to making the cash registers ring at B&BS, restaurants, shops, farms and recreation sites. We are committed to helping support these businesses, the backbone of our local communities.”

Tourism is New York’s fourth largest industry and employs 10,484 people within Dutchess County. “As an industry, employer and economic engine, tourism continues to grow,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “Our partnership with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. continues to create jobs, improve our economy and increase revenues. I applaud Dutchess Tourism, Mary Kay Vrba and all those helping to tell our story and promote all that makes us a great place to visit and enjoy.”

Tourism is a significant driver to the local, state and US economy, returning $8 for every $1 invested. To attract visitors to the county, DTI utilizes a multi-pronged marketing sapproach to help spread the

word about Dutchess’ tourism assets. This includes digital, print and television advertising, primarily in the New York City-metro area as well as ads in national magazines and international publications. DTI is also active on social media attracting thousands of followers across all the major platforms and produces videos to highlight events as well as experiences. Most recently, their Dutchess Craft Beverage video won a 2016 SIAA gold award. In the first half of 2017, there were 567,675 visitors, including 183,577 international, to their web site: DutchessTourism.com. DTI also prints and distributes 90,000 copies of their free Dutchess County Travel Guide annually, along with a number of other publications, which are available by request online..

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.

The DTI office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 19 Tourism Information Centers located around Dutchess County. Their website is www.DutchessTourism.com and they can be reached at 845-463-4000. Follow Dutchess Tourism on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

 

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September 19th, 2017

Dutchess Tourism Executives Join "I Love NY" Travel Sales Missions

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba joined DTI Director of Tour & Travel Dawn Hopper to attend the I Love New York (ILNY) Sales Mission, organized by the ILNY UK & Ireland office and Norwegian Air. The pair were on hand September 10th -15th to promote Dutchess County as a top ravel destination. Eight representatives from ILNY met one-on-one with tour operators and travel agents, as well as networked with key journalists and media contacts at events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast.

The primary objective was to promote New York State as a “must see” destination for visitors from the United Kingdom to the United States. The message also highlighted that “New York” is more than New York City – that we are a varied state with a comprehensive offering of exciting activities.  In addition, they were able to promote the new direct services on Norwegian Airlines from Scotland and Ireland to Newburgh’s Stewart International Airport at very competitive prices.

“We’re interested in attracting visitors at all stages of the family cycle, from youth and couples to families and those 55+,” said Vrba. “Members of the trade were very excited to hear about all that there is to see and do in Dutchess. Some were pleasantly surprised by the new and different experiences they could find here. For others it reinforced specific features of all of New York State’s popular tourism attractions,” she added.  

Hopper noted, “This mission allowed us to share our love and enthusiasm for Dutchess County and highlight the tremendous tourism assets we have to offer travelers coming from Europe.” She added, “We have equipped these international travel agents with the tools they need to promote the easy access to the Hudson Valley through Norwegian Airlines and to help us significantly increase tourism to our area.

At the same time, DTI Director of Communications Nancy Lutz organized two familiarization tours of Dutchess County, hosting eight journalists from Scotland, Ireland and England. They represented a variety of major media outlets including The Courier, The Sunday Post, The Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, Evening Times, The Press and Journal, and Travel Extra. Joining them was Jonathan Gough, the Public Relations Manager representing Brand USA in the UK & Ireland. Brand USA is an organization dedicated to marketing the United States as a premier travel destination. They visited the Walkway Over the Hudson, Dia:Beacon, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library & Museum, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Bannerman’s Castle, Shadows on the Hudson, the Mill House Brewing Company, and stayed at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites Poughkeepsie, and The Roundhouse in Beacon. 

Norwegian Airlines prides itself on being an award-winning, low-cost airline offering flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide. They fly new fuel-efficient narrow-body Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, some with images of Benjamin Franklin on their tailfins. Norwegian offers the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flights by an international carrier at Stewart Airport. The airline has promised to establish a base at Stewart this fall. Norwegian’s economic impact studies show the project will create 230 jobs and $12 million in annual wages. 

 Tourism Economics’ report, “The Economic Impact of Tourism in New York”, revealed 2016 tourism spending in Dutchess County increased 7.6% over 2015 to more than $568 million. It’s the seventh consecutive year tourism spending has increased. More than 4.75 million people visit the county annually, and, in addition to spending more than half a billion dollars on lodging, dining, shopping, area attractions and transportation, generated $40.9 million in local taxes and $31.7 million for New York State. Were it not for tourism-generated state and local taxes, the average Dutchess household would have to pay an additional $678 to maintain the same level of government services.

ABOUT DUTCHESS TOURISM, INC.
The DTI office is located at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie with 19 Tourism Information Centers situated around Dutchess County. Find them online at www.DutchessTourism.com, by phone at 845-463-4000 and on their social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Dutchess County Tourism was founded in 1984 under the umbrella of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, became incorporated as Dutchess Tourism, Inc. in 2014 and is partially funded by monies received from the County of Dutchess.

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September 6th, 2017

Paramount Pictures Announces The Start Of Principal Photography On John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place"

THE FILM WILL OPEN IN THEATERS ON APRIL 6TH, 2018.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 5, 2017) – Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway on director John Krasinski’s “A QUIET PLACE”.

Krasinski (“THE HOLLARS”) also co-stars in the film alongside Emily Blunt (“THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN”), with Noah Jupe (“SUBURBICON”, “WONDER”) and Millicent Simmonds (“WONDERSTRUCK”) rounding out the cast.
The film is produced by Michael Bay (“TRANSFORMERS”), and his Platinum Dunes’ partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller ( “OUIJA”, “THE PURGE”, “THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE”), from a spec script by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck which was rewritten by John Krasinski.

Paramount Pictures will release “A QUIET PLACE” on April 6, 2018.

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