State Sen. Elizabeth Little and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul participate Sunday (July 29) in the 2018 Adirondack Challenge, promoting tourism in the Adirondack.

Tourism is generating record revenues and numbers of visitors in New York state, including in the Adirondacks, according to The Post Star.

In 2017, more than 12.4 million people visited the Adirondack region and generated more than $1.4 billion in direct visitor spending, according to a press release Sunday (July 29) from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

That’s about 460,000 more visitors and a 5.5% spending increase from 2016.

To help showcase tourism destinations and recreational opportunities in the North Country, more than 350 elected officials, community members and tourism industry leaders participated in the 6th Annual Adirondack Challenge on Sunday in Indian Lake. Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul participated, visiting destinations in Hamilton and Warren counties.

Events included a guided hike through the state’s newly-acquired Boreas Pond region, kayaking, mountain biking and a Taste NY food and beverage reception at Gore Mountain, according to the release.

“The Adirondacks are one of New York’s crown jewels, from its breathtaking views to its thrilling recreational activities,” Cuomo said in a release. “This year’s Adirondack Challenge truly showcases the region’s natural beauty and highlights New York’s investment and promotion of the North County that has only enhanced these assets and has attracted visitors nationwide.”

Other tourism success were also highlighted throughout the day. Whiteface Mountain, for example, stayed open through May 5 this season, a record. Snow capacity is expected to increase by 25% as part of its $8 million plan, and repairs and replacement to the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway and Castle elevator system are planned. A new elevator taking guests directly to the summit is expected to be installed by May 2019.

In North Hudson, the equestrian campground and day use area of the Frontier Campground is expected to be completed this fall. Regular campground sites will follow in the spring of 2019. Also underway at the former Frontier Town site is a $5.2 million expansion project for Paradox Brewery. The company hopes to start manufacturing beer in the new space by December, with the project completed by next summer.

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