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‘Be a Tourist in Your Town’

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Department is launching a “Be a Tourist in Your Town” campaign.

According to a news release, as the Mohawk Valley and New York state work together to figure out the phases and strategies for summer and beyond, officials from the chamber said they “are encouraged to think about tourism differently. We have natural beauty to promote in Fulton and Montgomery counties, and the department is asking for your help as a local social influencer.”

“Yes we do want people to visit our area, but at this time, why not explore the beautiful place we have chosen to live?” said Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles. “Support local shops and businesses, so they are here for tourists to enjoy when the state re-opens. Go get takeout from a local restaurant and explore Schoharie Crossing, or take a walk in downtown Johnstown to Johnson Hall State Park. Go on https://www.mohawkvalleyhistory.com/ and take a drive through the beautiful valley to see the historical landmarks in our area. Go explore our beautiful Fulton Montgomery County Quilt Barn Trail.”

Boles said they are gearing up to meet all CDC and state guidelines for re-opening Upstate.

“As we promote these ideas to you, this is one strategy moving forward, as studies are showing tourists will want to take a drive across the state, and not take mass transportation,” said Boles. “We will also be promoting safety precautions at attractions and restaurants, as we want our community and tourists to feel safe that they chose our area to visit.”

Boles and Tourism Associate Tara Ryzcek encourage residents to share their favorite spot by sending a picture and a blog post to tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.com.

“Please include a bio of yourself and business, and it will be shared online on social media and websites. Your post will be featured for visitors to see your favorite spot, and encourage them to come to the Fulton/Montgomery region,” said Ryzcek.

As attractions and museums remain closed, the chamber said it will be communicating with them throughout the summer to see if they will have a virtual experience for the summer.

“As of right now, Schoharie Crossing, Fulton County Museum, and the Caroga Lake Arts will have virtual experiences,” said Boles. “And tourism will continue to share its information on social media and on the Fulton and Montgomery County website pages and on the chamber website page.”

For more information, call (518) 725-0641, or email tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.com. Visit www.44lakes.com, www.visitmontgomeryny.com; or www.fultonmontgomeryny.org.

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