TI Business Owners Happy With 2012 Tourism Season

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Business owners in the Thousand Islands region are apparently still basking in the warmth of last summer.

According to a new survey, merchants reported a good tourism season.

The 1000 Islands International Tourism Council published the results of its annual Summer Tourism Season Business Confidence Survey in December.

The survey asked business owners to rate their satisfaction with the season and compare it to previous years as well as outline expectations for the future.

Operators were also asked for opinions on factors such as weather, border-crossing ease and the American-Canadian currency exchange rate.

As expected, weather received favorable marks.

More than 75 percent of responders gave the weather a positive review.

Feelings on "shoulder season" months of June and September also produced some of the most favorable reviews in the study's 14 years.

The overall satisfaction rate stayed at 80 percent, the same as in 2011.

Satisfaction rates among attraction and recreation businesses were 90 and 83 percent, respectively, while favorable marks from retail and food operators came in at 59 and 64 percent.

The survey asked for opinions on factors such as the general state of the economy, gas prices and water levels.

As expected, the quick fall in lake and river water levels produced unfavorable reviews, while the ease of crossing the border seems to have plateaued in terms of responses.

See survey results

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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