Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Announces Continued Growth In Traveler Spending For Ulster County

“Ulster County is an amazing place that more people are discovering and returning to year after year,” Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said. “We are a true four-season destination for visitors near and far; whether it’s outdoor recreation, historical attractions or arts and music there is something here for everyone; and our proximity to the New York metro area makes Ulster County a convenient weekend destination for shopping and dining in our award-winning restaurants, but also the perfect place for an extended stay in an exciting resort, relaxing spa or welcoming hotel or bed and breakfast.”  

Traveler spending accounts for dollars spent on lodging, recreation, food and beverage, retail and service stations, transportation and second homes. The data comes from a report produced by the Division of Business Advocacy and Research at Empire State Development – New York State Department of Economic Development.

The entire Catskills Region (Ulster, Sullivan, Greene and Delaware counties) grew traveler spending to $1.17 billion in 2015. Ulster represents nearly half, or 46%, of the four county region’s tourism sales with $532.7 million in traveler spending.

Ulster County ranked No. 2 in the Hudson Valley Region, trailing only Westchester County while neighboring Dutchess County was at $528 million.

“Ulster County benefits from the thousands of jobs the tourism sector creates for local residents and the multiplier effect of this spending,” Ulster County Tourism Director Richard J. Remsnyder said. “We are pleased with the effects of our recent marketing efforts that highlight Ulster County for the greater New York City metro area.”

The current award-winning Ulster County Alive/U.C. marketing campaign is a comprehensive effort to attract more visitors from all over the world to the region. The county has become a favorite of vacationers due to its proximity to the Catskill Mountains, thousands of acres of natural areas, various recreational opportunities, fine dining, a variety of lodging options and its diverse arts, culture and history.