2012-04-12 / Front Page

New Putnam Tourism site unveiled

Aims to boost info and value to visitors
Eric Gross

Putnam's new Director of Tourism Libby Pataki believes that "Putnam County deserves the best." Then she said, "Let's make it happen!" to an audience of some 50 national, state, county and town officials Wednesday at the county's Emergency Operations and Training Center in Carmel when unveiling Putnam's new tourism website.

New York's former First Lady who resides with her husband in Garrison, described Putnam as a "great place to go and a great place to know."

Keeping people updated on the "good things that are happening every day" is the scope of the new website that is "both visitor friendly as well as tourism friendly," said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

Those logging onto Putnamtourism.org can find about a myriad of activities and events including the county's Bicentennial, seasonal and recreational activities, Putnam's heritage, its culinary establishments, shopping availability, eco-tourism, historic sites, religious heritage and Hudson Valley regional programs.

Pataki said when it now comes to tourism "anything is a click away."

The director surprised many in the audience when she announced that the Hudson Valley was the "second most attractable location of anywhere across America. We are composed of nine counties but as the new tourism director, I want to get Putnam on the map. We may be small geographically but we are very important historically and culturally in so many ways: Besides Putnam is easy to get to—off the interstate highway system, by rail or even by boat along the Hudson River."

Pataki called Putnam a "place of wonder. From our railroad streaming along the Hudson Highlands to our parks, Appalachian Trail, Great Swamp, ski resort, largest Buddhist monastery in the Western world, Putnam is a beautiful respite from the noise and hustle-bustle of the major metropolitan areas like Albany and New York City. Putnam is truly 'Where the Country begins.'"

One of Pataki's primary goals is to attract suitable lodging to the county: "Heads and beds are missing, which is very unfortunate," she said.

Pataki said not only would she like to see one or more hotels locate in Putnam but "I also want our bed and breakfasts to flourish. We never want to lose these facilities because many people prefer the more intimate surrounding of a bed and breakfast rather than a large hotel when they travel into the country."

Congresswoman Nan Hayworth attended the event and congratulated Pataki for a "job well done. This is a tremendous site."

Putnam Legislator Vincent Tamagna agreed: "Tourism is an economic engine that must be turned on. With Libby's help our county will become a destination for all to visit."




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