UTICA — A new study has found that Oneida County was the fifth highest county in the state last year for money earned from travel and tourism.
The county, which garnered more than $1.5 billion in visitor spending in 2017, came in right behind Erie County, which earned $1.7 billion. Westchester, the Long Island region, and New York City and burroughs also made more, according to Empire State Development and the I Love NY Division of Travel & Tourism.
The $1.5 billion was 5.8 percent more than Oneida County made the year before, according to a news release from Oneida County Tourism. The county also accounts for 64 percent of the travel and tourism sales in the Central New York Vacation Region, which includes Otsego, Schoharie, Broome, Chenango, Southern Herkimer, Madison and Montgomery counties.