From NYC day-trippers to international guests, Dutchess County tourism represents a vital economic sector, supporting a number of local businesses. In fact, visitor spending is currently up 7.6%, generating $568 million in 2016.

Since 76% of visitors use first-hand experience like travel to form professional and personal impressions about our community, tourism will remain an important player in our economic future. Read on for the latest investments.
Restoring Historic Hotels and Investing in Legacies 

Today's hoteliers and entrepreneurs are playing off of Dutchess County's extraordinary historical influence, restoring notable real estate into modern venues. 

TROUTBECK INN exemplifies this trend, thanks to owner Anthony Champalimaud who restored the 1765 estate last year. Now a premier venue, the property previously hosted the likes of Mark Twain, Joel Elias Spingarn and  Theodore Roosevelt. It was also the founding location of the NAACP

Another investment is THE ROUNDHOUSE, formerly the Matteawan Manufacturing Company, which was reimagined as a world-class hotel by Bob McAlpine. Today, it flaunts local craftsman like NICHE MODERN and WICKHAM as well as farm-to-table meals by CHEF TERRANCE BRENNAN.
Transforming Opportunities for Agri-Business

Home to the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, it's no wonder Dutchess is ground zero for the farm-to-table movement. Today, new ventures, from restaurants to craft beverages, are a common occurrence. 

Chef Brian Arnoff, owner of KITCHEN SINK FOOD & DRINK and MEYER'S OLD DUTCH FOOD & SUCH, is one of many millennial entrepreneurs finding success. After relocating from Washington, D.C., Brian champions an "eat like a local" motto and sources ingredients from his family's farm in Hyde Park. 

Farms also benefit from increased visitors to the region, including FISHKILL FARMS, which recently expanded to open its own line of hard ciders and PEONY VODKA, a new spirits startup located on 200 acres in Millerton. 
Constructing One-Of-A-Kind and Iconic Landmarks  

Dutchess County is experiencing growth in unique investments geared towards tourists and residents alike, from outdoor adventures to world -renowned arts & culture. 

Take for instance the $25 million SPORTS KINGDOME set to open in East Fishkill. The site will be North America's largest multi-sport facility and attract 500,000 visitors each year - the same number of people who visit WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON, the world's longest, elevated pedestrian bridge. 

Dutchess creative businesses are also supported by tourism. Famous modern art museum DIA:BEACON is an extension of Manhattan's creative scene while Poughkeepsie's BARDAVON OPERA HOUSEthe oldest continuously-operating theater in New York, generates over $11 million in economic impact. 
Seasonal Events and Favorite New York State Festivals

Enhancing Dutchess County's established businesses are a series of top-tier New York State events, which many visitors and residents look forward to attending year after year. 

Sponsored by many local companies, the  HUDSON VALLEY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL is one highly-anticipated event, while other summer favorites include catching HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES games and v isiting the DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR , the second largest fair in New York. 

Representing a small sample of many Dutchess County festivals, these events collectively bring in millions of dollars to regional businesses, giving them further chances to promote themselves to international and statewide markets. 
 

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