Thursday, May 10, 2018

Adrienne Relyea
(518) 891-1991

Saranac Lake Chamber extends Welcome Center hours to promote continued growth in tourism
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (SLACC) Board of Directors has approved plans for the expansion of Welcome Center hours this summer in Saranac Lake.

The Welcome Center, located in the Harrietstown Town Hall at 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake, serves visitors, business travelers and Saranac Lake area residents and businesses looking for information about events, tourist attractions, restaurants and lodging.

“Through extending our engagement with visitors and local community members at the Welcome Center, we will generate more business for local restaurants, merchants, attractions and lodging facilities,” said Adrienne Relyea, SLACC’s executive director. “This will have a significant impact in growing our local economy for the benefit of the Saranac Lake area residents and businesses.”

The Welcome Center will help drive continued growth in tourism, Relyea said. In 2016, tourism generated $146.4 million in business for the region, according to the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) Leisure Travel Study released in August 2017.
“The Saranac Lake Area has experienced consistent and strategic growth over the past several years,” said Keith Braun, president of SLACC’s Board of Directors. “We believe that expanding the welcome center hours is another step in increasing our capacity to serve our community, its businesses and residents, and those who visit our area.”

The Welcome Center is funded in part by ROOST and the town of Harrietstown.
“In addition to supporting continued economic growth, the Welcome Center aligns with the downtown revitalization efforts brought forth by the Local Development Corporation to provide our community with a vibrant downtown business district,” Relyea added.
The Welcome Center will be operated by existing paid Chamber staff and volunteers. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the Welcome Center will maintain hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday, with additional hours as needed to support local events, holidays and times of high travel volume. From Labor Day through Memorial Day, the Welcome Center will maintain hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays with additional hours as needed.