It was a tough winter for businesses affected by the lack of snow and now concerns that their summer season could be weakened with the rising cost of gas. But this could change as quickly as our weather does around these mountains.
Starting June 1, there will likely be a new incentive for Canadians shopping in the U.S.
Canada currently lets its residents spend up to $50 per person without having to pay duty fees when they are in the U.S. for between 24 and 48 hours, and $400 for more than a 48-hour stay. Canada's federal budget that is expected to pass would waive the duty for up to $200 in spending per person staying between 24 and 48 hours, and $800 if here more than 48 hours.
That is great news for our Canadian neighbors and our local businesses.
Tourism is our biggest industry in the Adirondack Park, and we need to encourage it to sustain our local economy. Whether they come from the north or south, we should roll out the red carpet for our visitors and make their experience a memorable one. We should make sure we greet everyone with a smile and be armed with a schedule of events.
Our Weekender, which is delivered to hotels and motels as well as inserted in Thursday's Enterprise, is the perfect handout to inform visitors of all the arts and entertainment in the Tri-Lakes region. The Enterprise calendar page, online and in each day's print edition, is the region's go-to listing. It's packed with events and meticulously updated.
Spread the word, and spread your arms to welcome our visitors from the north.