Utica, NY (WIBX) - A new full-color, 50-page guide is helping promote Oneida County.

The Official 2012 Oneida County Travel Guide highlights the people and places that attract visitors. But it's useful for locals too. Events which take place county-wide are listed along with lots of other useful information.

New to the publication this year are sections about shopping and factory tours, college life, and spas.

Oneida County ranks fifth in New York State for visitor spending, and now generates about a billion dollars in tourism sales annually.

Businesses that would like to have copies of the Travel Guide on hand should contact Karen Hodge-Ehlinger at (315) 724.7221 or e-mail: info@oneidacountytourism.com.  An electronic version of the guide can be found on Oneida County Tourism's website: www.OneidaCountyTourism.com.