N.Y. Park District Sees 30% Reservation Hike
Despite all the dismal forecasts elsewhere for the 2009 travel industry, regional state parks commission officials near Niagara Falls, N.Y., are optimistic it will be a year of solid revenues for the area state parks, according to the Niagara Gazette.
“We’re looking forward to a strong season,” said Mark Thomas, western district director for the regional parks that include the Niagara Falls State Park.
Thomas updated the seven-member commission during the quarterly meeting Thursday (April 23) at the archeological building in Fort Niagara State Park.
Reviewing year-to-date summaries, Thomas noted revenues at the end of March were $12,365,947, up nearly $30,000 from the same period in 2008.
Marina and boating revenues are at $150,393, compared with $227,137 in 2008.
On a brighter note, Thomas cited a 30% increase in reservations for campground sites, sparked by renewed interest in lower-cost family vacations.