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TOURISM: Staying upbeat for the summer

How optimistic should Chautauqua County be when it comes to tourism this year? According to Andrew Nixon of the Visitors Bureau, things are looking up when compared to last season.

According to Nixon, our county has many advantages as a destination for travel, especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of having a safe, rural atmosphere tourists may be desiring more heavily, the lodging for people to stay in isn’t scarce, and there are several different things for people to do.

“That’s an advantage in the area as well,” Nixon said during a recent Chamber of Commerce Tuesday Talks event. “There are many condos, cottages, vacation homes, and suites that are filling up quickly and reporting higher than usual levels of bookings.”

In recent years, our region has thrived when it came to summer events. From the concerts in the north county to comedy in Jamestown, there is a reason we can be a destination — even during the four seasons.

But there is something special about our summers, especially being on Lake Erie or Chautauqua Lake. We know — and so do those who travel from hours away to get here.

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