Is tourism on the mend in the Finger Lakes and Central New York?
Cayuga County Tourism Director Karen Kuhl told Finger Lakes News Radio that reopening of restaurants in phase three was good timing for the tourism industry as a whole.
“It’s been lovely to see people sitting out in the terraces and enjoying local establishments,” Kuhl said. She noted that there’s even been more demand in some cases than businesses can hold.
“It’s working with the system to keep everyone healthy,” Kuhl said, of the phased reopening, and possible reluctance among some consumers. A poll by Finger Lakes News Radio found that 46% of respondents were either unwilling or reluctant to go out to eat in the third phase.
Meanwhile, Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Jeff Shipley says businesses in Seneca have been creative in coming up with ways to attract reluctant tourists back to the region.
“Tourism is one of the most-resilient, if not the most-resilient industries,” he told Finger Lakes News Radio. “I have confidence that it will rebound, and rebound in huge ways.”
Next week it’s expected that the regions reach ‘Phase 4’ of economic reopening. That will supercharge the tourism economy, assuming residents and travelers are interested in getting out.