A New Way to Welcome People to the North Country

A New Way to Welcome People to the North Country

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Visitors to the Thousand Islands will soon get a new welcome.

A new welcome center, that is.

"We get about a million and half visitors coming in from across the border from Canada over the Thousand Islands Bridge," said Gary DeYoung, director for the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council Director:

With that many visitors a year, the state wants to make a good first impression. Last week, Governor Cuomo announced the North Country Welcome Center will be one of 11 new centers across the state.

"This really gives us a chance to put our best foot forward as soon as they hit the country," DeYoung said.

It will be located near the Thousands Islands Bridge in Collins Landing, across the street from the current center.

But what makes this one different?

"This will be an official state 'I Love NY' welcome center. It will be quite a bit larger. It will have great things like more bathroom facilities and more parking," said DeYoung.

There are also plans to have a themed playground, and interactive and digital tourism displays.

The welcome center will also feature a Taste NY market that will showcase local products from across the North Country."

"It's wonderful for people with their own businesses to get more exposure and just let people know all the good things about the North Country, Clayton resident Kimberly Quen said.

The current welcome center in that location will continue to hold office space for the Thousand Islands Tourism Council when the new one opens, which the state is hoping to do by the end of next year.

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