In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, Oneida County Tourism (OCT) has kicked off a virtual campaign called ‘Spirit of Travel.’
National Travel and Tourism Week began May 3, and Oneida County Tourism has been posting videos on social media since Monday as part of the campaign.
“There’s no doubt this has been an extremely challenging time for everyone, but we see National Travel and Tourism Week as an opportunity to remind future visitors and local residents of the incredible spirit and resiliency of the travel industry and our workforce,” said Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism.
A positive, Blazosky added, is that tourism in this region may bounce back faster than others, because most people come to the area in a car, not an airplane.
"Tourism is a very important industry in our local economy. In a normal year, it generates about $1.6 billion in visitor spending. Of course, this year we will see a dramatic decline in that. As people are able to move about again, our advantage - and we will recover quicker - we are a drive destination. We don't depend on people having to fly in to experience us," she said.
The online video spotlights this week will highlight family fun, arts and culture, outdoor recreation, history and the food industry.
The first video in the series was posted Monday, featuring the Utica Zoo via Zoom. While the zoo isn't currently open due to the pandemic, Andria Heath discussed some of the fun virtual activities they have available on their website to educate and engage kids and their families.
Tuesday featured a chat with the Kirkland Art Center about upcoming classes and the #stayhomemakeart initiative.
The scheduled appearances for the rest of the week include:
- May 6: Turning Stone Resort Casino Golf
- May 7: Fort Stanwix National Monument
- May 8: Prospect Falls Winery & Woodland Farm Brewery
- May 9: Oneida County Public Market
To see the videos each day, visit the OCT Facebook page.
For more information, visit: oneidacountytourism.com.