Local residents taken on 'familiarization tour' of Oneida County

Oneida County Tourism officials took locals on a familiarization tour on Wednesday so that when people visit the local region and ask questions, they’ll have the answers.

Posted: Jun. 13, 2018 5:27 PM

When you go out of town and you’re looking for something to do, you ask around – you ask the people at the hotel you’re staying at, you ask the server at the restaurant you eat at – and that happens when people stay in Oneida County as well.

Oneida County Tourism officials took locals on a familiarization tour on Wednesday so that when people visit the local region and ask questions, they’ll have the answers.

NEWSChannel 2 caught up with the group at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, but some of the group’s other stops included Bellamy Harbor Park and Navigation Center, the Utica Zoo and Woodland Farm Brewery.

“You’d be surprised how many people don't know about the new things going on in the area, or even different attractions that have been here but maybe people haven't explored,” said Sarah Foster, director of sales for Oneida County Tourism. “People have a tendency to travel outside of the area and go elsewhere rather than exploring what's in their own backyards.”

Joining Oneida County residents on Wednesday’s tour were people from Cooperstown involved in the tourism industry there.

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