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Items needed for promo bags

JOHNSTOWN — Despite the pandemic, Fulton County summer tourism efforts are in full swing.

County Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles last week reported on various activities to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee.

Boles reported items are needed for the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce’s tourism promotional bags.

“I am still collecting items,” Boles said.

She said she plans on delivering the bags starting in August at locations such as campsites, Air B&Bs, hotels and motels, realtors, and any chamber member who wants them.

Boles said this is a popular “goody bag” project, which provides information about Fulton County businesses to visitors in the region. It is a free opportunity providing 500 brochures, flyers, discount coupons and promotional items, she said.

“It’s a great way for visitors to know about our local businesses,” Boles said.

Elsewhere in her chamber report, Boles stated: “We continue to work on the website.” She said the chamber is continually updating 44lakes.com and visitmontgomerycountyny.com. She said both website have a COVID-19 banner asking the public to call businesses to confirm they are open.

Boles said the chamber is working on future tourism strategies. Her Tourism Department is looking for favorite spots to feature, asking the public to share by email at tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org.

The Visitor Center in Vail Mills is open, Boles said, but following certain COVID-19 requirements. Although temperatures aren’t being taken, she said many steps were taken for reopening. They include new policies such as no groups over 10, sanitizing policies in place, sign in sheets.

Boles also noted a Farmer’s Market is being held at the Visitor Center in the summer on Fridays. The most recent one was “very successful,” she said.

New York state tourism staff say chambers will still receive matching funds for 2020, although no one has received them yet, she said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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