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Governors tie in whitewater rafting competition

ALBANY – The 2014 Adirondack Challenge, an exciting afternoon to highlight the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing was held in Indian Lake on Sunday.  The Challenge attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York. For the award ceremony, Officially, it was announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin tied in the whitewater competition, both coming in with times of 19:20.

“Last year we launched the Adirondack Challenge to showcase this beautiful region to people across New York and from all corners of the globe, and to boost tourism and help grow the local economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “This year’s challenge was bigger and better than ever with hundreds of participants and new activities from hiking and fishing to motorcycling and golfing. This is the perfect time to visit the Adirondacks and I encourage all New Yorkers to make a trip this summer. I want to thank everyone who helped us support this beautiful region – especially our neighbor, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin – as well as New York’s legislative leaders.”

As part of the 2014 Adirondack Challenge, teams participated in various outdoor activities, including golf, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fly fishing and motorcycle riding. Each event included awards for superior or notable performances.

The second summer Adirondack Challenge was complemented last year by the first-ever Winter Adirondack Challenge hosted by Whiteface Mountain.

In 2013, New York’s tourism industry generated direct spending of $59.2 billion, producing an estimated $7.5 billion in state and local taxes. The number of visitors to New York is estimated to have increased by 8.8 million and projected to finish at 218.8 million visitors in 2013. As the fourth largest employment sector in New York, the tourism industry also added 28,500 jobs in 2013 for a total of 832,500 jobs and generated more than $17.96 billion in wages. One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related.