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Despite floods, tourism up in Lake Ontario communities

Last summer, businesses and property owners across Lake Ontario did not expect to have a booming tourism season.

After months of flooding, many people were working to repair their property well in to the summer.

In spite of this, a new report shows tourism increased across the state last year, including those lakeside regions. Monroe and Ontario County each saw about a three percent increase in traveler spending.

Traveler spending is a broad category that includes everything from lodging to food service to retail to recreation.

Even the Thousand Island Region, which experienced extreme flooding, saw an increase of over four percent in traveler spending.

Authors of the study acknowledge some of that growth comes from high gas prices.

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Tourism in New York also generated nearly $18 billion in taxes.

Veronica Volk is a senior editor and producer for WXXI News.