Tourism continues to be big business in Oneida County.

A recent study released by Empire State Development and the I Love NY Division of Travel and Tourism shows travel related spending in Oneida County increased by about 6 percent in 2018

And it generated more than $1.6 billion in economic impact.

Travel and tourism supported over 20,500 workers in direct and indirect jobs in Oneida County, generating $964 million in household income.

"Oneida County continues to grow as a tourism powerhouse with each passing year," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. "Across that state and throughout the country we are known for our natural beauty, robust recreation, eclectic cuisine and exploding craft beverage industry. With major draws such as Turning Stone Resort Casino, the Boilermaker Road Race and the Adirondack Bank Center, which is now home to two professional sports teams, visitors are flocking to our communities and pumping major dollars into our local economy. With the Nexus Center for youth sports tournament play set to bring hundreds of thousands more into our area, the future looks even brighter."

Oneida County represents 64% of the Central New York Region's travel and tourism sales.