Dutchess Tourism Releases 2019 Destination Guide

Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) recently announced the publication of its 2019 Destination Guide. The guide features a new style that is a departure from a typical travel guide format, presenting compelling editorial in a magazine format.

Appealing to potential visitors and residents alike, this 68-page guide presents information alongside vibrant photography organized by geographic region and by interest. Double-page spreads on each section of the county highlight what makes each region unique, showcasing dining and shopping favorites and “don’t miss” attractions and events. Articles rich with activities to experience, places to go, and things to see give the reader a full picture of what the county has to offer in recreation, family fun, historical sites, arts and culture, craft beverage, accommodations and more, including subsections on farms and farmers markets, scenic tours, nightlife and others.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “Tourism is vitally important to our economy, generating $601.5 million in spending in 2017 and an annual, per household tax benefit of $711. Dutchess County Tourism’s new Destination Guide will continue to convey the unique offerings we have here for visitors to enjoy, ultimately bringing them here as patrons of the businesses that make up the industry. Residents are urged to invite their family and friends to visit them in this beautiful and exciting place we call home.”

The guide lists annual events by month, lodging sites by town or city, transportation options for every traveler, Tourism Information Centers, and more. New this year, quotes from published writers who visited Dutchess County in 2018 are featured under “What They’re Saying.” Those who want to learn more about the county’s offerings are encouraged to visit DutchessTourism.com for videos and virtual reality tours, suggested itineraries, blog posts and an events calendar.

DTI President & CEO Mary Kay Vrba said, “No matter a visitor’s interest, or which city, town or village they choose to visit, there’s something for everyone in Dutchess County. Our 2019 Destination Guide is more visual than ever, even featuring user generated photos that visitors posted on Instagram. Tourists from around the world can really picture themselves on vacation here, with ideas on every page for an unforgettable trip.”

Produced in partnership with Luminary Media, 90,000 copies of the Guide have been printed and will be distributed at DTI’s 17 Tourist Information Centers located throughout the county, as well as at New York State Thruway Information Centers, domestic and international trade shows, travel agent offices, and in tour operator mailings. Guides will also be sent by request to chambers of commerce, business organizations, AAA Clubs, and individuals responding to ads, articles, and social media posts.