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Lake George Chamber takes over Northway information center

Jim Campinell, an employee of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce, takes a break from providing information to tourists at the Welcome Center on  I-87 Northway northbound in the rest area south of Exit 18. The Chamber took over the operation of the facility and is now implementing plans to make it more accommodating and steer tourists into Warren County.

Jim Campinell, an employee of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce, takes a break from providing information to tourists at the Welcome Center on I-87 Northway northbound in the rest area south of Exit 18. The Chamber took over the operation of the facility and is now implementing plans to make it more accommodating and steer tourists into Warren County. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The state mandates that the center be operated seven days in the summer and weekdays off-season. It has been open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Consuelo said that it is now open from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the heaviest traffic days of Thursday and Friday. Hours may be extended further depending on how many people stop by, Consuelo said.

“We want maximum exposure for the area attractions,” he said.

Already, the Welcome Center’s staff has hosted a considerable number of visitors, Consuelo said.

“We’ve already had an unbelieveable number of people coming into the center,” he said.

The center’s staff is now gathering information about the tourists and their destinations, Consuelo said, noting that according to their initial survey, about 70 percent of people visiting the center are headed for Lake George.

“We’re committed to find out the wants and needs of the travelers,” Consuelo said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to reach so many more people directly and share information about our county’s attractions.”

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