Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Schumer to visit Adirondack Museum, talk tourism

New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will visit Blue Mountain Lake tomorrow.

The Democrat, who’s running for re-election this fall, will speak at the Adirondack Museum at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

According to a release issued by museum officials, Schumer will discuss the Travel Regional Investment Partnership Act – known as the TRIP bill. The legislation aims to support and grow tourism and is being co-sponsored by Schumer.

Regional business owners, local officials, tourism professionals, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Schumer notes that tourism is New York’s second largest industry, producing well over $660 billion in economic activity annually. Adirondack communities rely heavily on tourism to support the regional economy.

The Senator says his bill would increase tourism through the creation of a grant program that aims to bring together government and the private sector in order to improve parks, build infrastructure and market tourist destinations.

Schumer says the bill greatly aids communities that lack the budget necessary for tourism promotion – that’s the case for many municipalities throughout the park.

“The TRIP Act will help improve the region’s already great tourist attractions and provide critically needed funding to keep the visitors, and their dollars, coming,” Schumer said in a prepared statement.

“Creating jobs has got to be our number one priority and focusing on tourism is one of the most effective ways of doing that.”

Museum officials said that anyone interested in attending Friday’s event needs to say so at the front desk.

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