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February 3, 2014

Web portal connects Adirondack dots

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“I applaud all the partners who collaborated on this initiative that will boost our efforts to promote the local tourism industry and create new economic opportunities for the region.”

Michael Tucker, president of the Center for Economic Growth in Albany, said the trip-planning portal is “an excellent example of neighboring regions working collaboratively to promote economic development.”

Funding for the tourism research and website build came from Empire State Development.

Empire State Development Commissioner and CEO Kenneth Adams said tourists, park residents and local businesses all benefit from increased connectivity.

The object of this portal, he said, is to spur “economic development and growth across a vast expanse of Upstate New York.”

GOING MOBILE

In coming weeks, Visit Adirondacks will add a mobile app with the same planning options as the website.

Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country Council and president of Clarkson University, said the web presence highlights access to the state-owned park lands and natural resources.

And the shared portal, he said, is a step toward sustainability among park communities.

“Governor Cuomo’s community-based approach to economic development and Empire State Development’s support of initiatives across regions are creating the foundation for sustainable economic growth across New York,” Collins said in a release.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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CHECK THE SITE

Find the Visit Adirondacks web portal at: visitadirondacks.com.

The trip options section addresses specific needs, with resources for Handicap Access, Family Travel, Traveling with Pets and Geographic Areas, to name a few.

As portal users click a selection, they also get a list of neighboring amenities and resources, including restaurants, shops, lodging facilities and attractions.

 

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