Chamber gearing up for summer tourism

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce’s tourism department for Fulton County is getting ready for the summer.

Fulton County Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs recently told the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee that the chamber is preparing for the warmer weather.

“We’re getting ready to get our tourism goody bags ready for the summer,” DaBiere-Gibbs said in her monthly report.

She was referring to the chamber’s annual effort to coordinate goody bags with local brochures and products for visitors to the Fulton County region.

“We stuff and deliver approximately 1,000 bags prior to Memorial Day weekend to campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels, real estate agents and more,” DaBiere-Gibbs reported.

She said businesses have to deliver brochures to Gloversville’s chamber office by April 7. She said the public must reserve space in the goody bags to participate. The public can call 725-0641 or email

Elsewhere in her report, DaBiere-Gibbs noted the Fulton County Tourism Department has a booth at the Adirondack Sports and Fitness Summer Expo, which began Saturday and continues today at the Saratoga Springs City Center. She said the event highlights outdoor sports, healthy living and travel.

The Fulton County Tourism Department is providing information on hiking, biking, camping, Peck’s Lake Sprint Triathlon and various 5K events at the expo.

DaBiere-Gibbs said Fulton County also participated on Feb. 26 in the latest phase of the 10-county regional CNY Fresh project. She said the effort looks to “package Adirondack experiences.” She said the tourism initiative celebrates the region’s fresh products and best agri-tourism experiences. She said a workshop focused on collaboration among businesses to create marketable agri-tourism packages and incentives for travelers visiting the region.

DaBiere-Gibbs said her department also had a booth at the 9th Annual Outdoorsman Show hosted Feb. 15-16 by Twin Cities Sports Promotions. She said attendance was up slightly, and attendees and vendors came from all over New York state and the Northeast, as well as Alaska.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at