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Tourism reps say region is taking a hit right now

The tourism industry is taking a hit right now. And it looks like it could experience a loss over the next several months, as social distancing protocols are followed around New York and in neighboring states.

Valerie Knoblauch leads the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, which is Ontario County’s tourism arm. She says that most hospitality facilities are down to limited staff.

“We are finding as we check with them (county lodging facilities) that the GM is the one person who is there, if they’re operating at all, who is doing everything,” she told the FLT.

Knoblauch said hotel occupancy in the early spring months of March and April in Ontario County are generally about 46 percent on a normal year, with the numbers rising as the weather warms and more people vacationing in the Finger Lakes, many to enjoy the region’s growing reputation as a must-see for wine enthusiasts, according to the FLT’s reporting.

At the moment, those occupancy numbers are closer to 5 percent.

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