OSWEGO COUNTY – Several local businesses recently partnered with the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning and I Love New York to host a team of German businesses who are interested in bringing visitors to Oswego County.
The fishing familiarization tour was organized by the New York State Division of Tourism to attract Germans who would like to fish while on vacation in the U.S.
The guests included Olaf Jochmann, publisher and owner of “Am Haken” magazine, Jan Hrdlicka of the magazine’s editorial staff, and Andreas Quenstaedt of Deutscher Reisring, a group tour operator that specializes in outdoor recreation trips.
They were accompanied by Markly Wilson, Director of International Marketing for I Love NY, Wolfgang Wekwert, representing the I Love NY international staff in Germany, and Lori Solomon of Van Tourism Specialists.
While in Oswego Oct. 29, the group enjoyed Oswego’s unique “urban” fishing experience on the Oswego River with Captains Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift guide service and Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures.
The following day they experienced the more traditional fishing environment of the Salmon River with guide Mike DeRosa of Zero Limits Guide Service, and toured the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar with NYS DEC Special Project Coordinator Fran Verdoliva.
Meals were hosted by Steamer’s Bar and Grill in Oswego and the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, and accommodations were provided by the Tailwater Lodge.
“The experience in Oswego County was compelling, and will be re-lived by others from Germany in the future,” said Wilson.
Dave Turner, Director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, and Janet Clerkin, Tourism and Public Information Coordinator, accompanied the group during its visit.
” The goal of this trip was to familiarize key tourism partners in Germany with the variety of fishing opportunities available in New York State so they can share this information with their customers firsthand. People come from all over the U.S. and Canada, and all around the world, to experience Oswego County’s superior fishery,” said Turner. “In fact, visitors spent more than $135 million in Oswego County in 2014.”
The international team also fished on Long Island Sound, the Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River while in New York State.
Turner said that Oswego County far surpasses other areas of the state in the number of visitors who come to New York State to fish. More than 34,000 people from outside of New York State purchased non-resident fishing licenses in Oswego County last year.
“The DEC estimates that the fishery generated nearly $43 million in Oswego County in 2007,” said Turner. “We expect the economic impact has increased since then, as the steelhead fishery has become another well-established element that follows the salmon season.”
The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning oversees a comprehensive year-round marketing program to promote Oswego County’s outdoor recreation, historic sites, events and businesses, and to increase visitors to Oswego County.
For information visit www.visitoswegocounty.com or call (315) 349-8322.