Janet Clerkin

Janet Clerkin

Tourism industry in Oswego County hard hit by pandemic; event promotions currently on hold, says tourism and public information coordinator By Lou Sorendo Q. Can you describe how badly the tourism sector in Oswego County has been affected by COVID-19? A.: Currently our occupancy tax revenues are down 31% compared to the first three quarters of 2019. Our fourth quarter is typically our strongest quarter in terms of visitor revenue, and we are hopeful that we will be able to recover some of the loss. Q. Events such as Harborfest and Super Dirt Week were canceled this year. Is there any way to gauge the negative economic impact that resulted from that? A. We don’t have hard figures, but the loss of thousands of visitors over the four- and five-day periods associated with these two events definitely affected our small businesses, and county sales and occupancy tax revenue generated by people who attend these events. Q. Were there any destination points or facets of county tourism that got hurt more than others? A. Event and lodging venues for wedding receptions, family reunions and conferences have been hit especially hard. Uncertainty about planning events and meetings is affecting the tourism industry

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