Dutchess Tourism celebrates National Tourism Week

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Tourism is a major component of Dutchess County’s economy with its many destinations and attractions to visit.
County Executive Marcus Molinaro noted tourism represents over a half-billion dollars of visitor spending; that’s direct visitor spending throughout Dutchess County and has an impact and benefit to our economy.
“When you add that with a $7 multiplier for every dollar a tourist spends, every $7 multiplier has a great impact throughout the county and tourism represents 10,000 jobs county-wide,” Molinaro said.
Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction presented during Thursday’s ceremony:

The County Executive’s Award for Overall Distinction went to Crown Maple at Madava Farms.
The Arts Award of Distinction went to The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck.
The Culinary Award of Distinction was presented to Main Street Hospitality.
The Family Entertainment Award of Distinction was presented to Trevor Zoo.
History Award of Distinction was presented to Wilderstein Historic Site.
Outdoors Award Distinction was presented to New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
The Hospitality Award of Distinction was presented to Kerri Travis, Crown Maple at Madava Farms.

Winners, and Molinaro (center) pose for group photo