Bike tour promises tourism dollars

One of the greatest advantages of "Le Grand Tour" may be the impact it is likely to have on the region, both economically and promotionally. Tour organizers estimate riders spend more than $300,000 in the regions they travel through during the tour. The same study showed 83 percent of participants intend to return to the regions they explored during their visit.

Kim Rielly, director of communications for the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitor's Bureau, agreed there will be both a short- and long-term impact.

"Of course, while they are in the area, participants will have the opportunity to sample our attractions, historic sites, restaurants and retail shops," she said, "and although a large number of them are camping, the group's support staff and some of the cyclists have booked every room in town."

In addition, said Rielly, the cyclists will get a chance to experience first-hand the variety of attractions this region offers and may get a better awareness of the area's close proximity to Montr al and the rest of Qu bec, encouraging them to return for future visits.

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