Tourist spending jumped 6.2 percent to $57.3 billion in 2012, a new state report shows.
Every region in the state saw growth in 2012 from the previous year, although the most dramatic increases were predictably in New York City and Long Island.
The Finger Lakes region, which for the purposes of the report stretches east from Rochester to Syracuse and south to Ithaca, accounted for 5 percent of tourists’ spending.
The Hudson Valley, which includes New York City’s northern suburbs and stretches to north of Poughkeepsie, brought in another 5 percent of the spending. The four-county Catskills region, including Ulster and Sullivan, accounted for another 2 percent.
Central New York, which includes much of the Southern Tier and stretches east to the Albany area, brought in 3 percent.
New York City saw the largest growth in tourism spending, 7.3 percent, to $37.1 billion in 2012 from $34.5 billion in 2011. Long Island reported a 6.3 percent increase, from $4.8 billion in 2011 to $5.1 billion in 2012.
The Greater Niagara and Central New York regions saw increases of 5 percent or more in 2012. Buffalo and surrounding counties brought in $2.2 billion, while the central region’s tourism dollars reached $1.9 billion.
The Hudson Valley experienced a growth of nearly 3 percent, with spending surging to $3.2 billion, and the Catskills had a 4 percent growth to $1.1 billion.
The Finger Lakes saw a 2 percent growth in tourism spending in 2012 when the region brought in nearly $2.8 billion.
Below is the full report on the Hudson Valley. Click here to find the reports for the Catskills, Finger Lakes and Central New York, too.