Tourism is a vital component of Columbia County’s economy. Identified as a County economic development initiative, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation is committed to supporting the growth of tourism related businesses. The economic impact of visitor spending totaled $97.9 million in 2009. Columbia County is increasingly dependent upon tourism in the Hudson Valley region, with 6.6% of all labor income generated by visitors and 7.8% of all employment sustained by visitors.
Some of the most visited sites in the nation are located in the Hudson Valley/Capital Regions, but it is Columbia County’s unique blend of history, culture and rural landscape that is responsible for the growth in our tourism industry.
Tourists are choosing more rural and out-of-the-way destinations, in part because of the cultural, historic, and natural resources such destinations offer. Many of the visitors who visit Columbia County do so for the lush landscape and breathtaking views of upstate New York, but are often surprised to discover the wealth of history and culture once they look beyond the scenery. Fabulous restaurants, beautiful shops, an art scene, and music venues are found in towns and villages throughout the County.
CEDC works closely with the Columbia County Tourism Department, please visit Columbia County Tourism