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Outside recreation helps the Adirondack area climate the pandemic


WILMINGTON, NY (WCAX) – If there’s one thing the Adirondacks have to offer, it’s breathtaking views 365 days a year. A new study from the New York State Comptroller’s Office shows such views pay off.

“Probably the biggest industry that brings the most people to upstate New York,” said Jane Hooper of the regional office for sustainable tourism.

In an average year, the 6 million acres of Adirondack Park can see up to seven million visitors.

“We’re also a motoring destination for the vast majority of people,” Hooper said.

You can see the outdoor enthusiasts just by looking at the street. There is something to do at any time of the year, and while visitors are here they spend their money.

“If you look at the national picture in terms of economic impact, New York actually ranks fourth in terms of dollar contribution,” said Thomas DiNapoli, DN.Y. auditor.

DiNapoli just published a study showing nature’s economic impact on the state.

The industry provides over 241,000 jobs across New York’s 250 state parks.

DiNapoli also addressed the impact of the pandemic.

“There was an overall decrease, but if you look at the numbers, there was actually an increase in certain areas,” DiNapoli said.

Outdoor economic activity fell 21% in 2020, but the state still has more than $21 billion in revenue, according to DiNapoli, and areas like the Adirondacks have seen a surge in population.

“The Adirondack region has done surprisingly well during the pandemic, in part due to the amount of outdoor activity we have,” Hooper said.

According to the Regional Office for Sustainable Tourism, the region is still reaping the benefits of those who have discovered nature during the pandemic.

“Come back now. This year is poised to be a really good tourism year in the Adirondacks,” said Hooper.

The State Comptroller and the Regional Office for Sustainable Tourism expect this increase to continue and bring more money to the region in the years to come.

Click here to read the full report from the New York State Comptroller.

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