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Oswego Career Ladders - Hospitality

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Hospitality and Leisure Industry is one of the four major industries in Oswego County along with Manufacturing, Health Care and Energy. It is one of today’s most dynamic and growing fields, with a wide range of opportunities and challenges. Exciting sportfishing, auto racing, festivals and attractions, historic museums, scenic shorelines and pristine forests, charming villages, comfortable accommodations, and friendly people -- all combine to make Oswego County an ideal vacation spot for families and outdoor enthusiasts!

Reasons to consider a job in hospitality and leisure industry:

  • Tourists generated more than $123 million in economic impact on Oswego County.
  • In 2006 Oswego County had an estimated 494,085 overnight person visits.
  • Tourism businesses in the county provide 2,600 jobs.  Wages and salaries earned by residents, combined with income earned by business owners due to tourist expenditures, totaled more than $44 million last year.
  • Oswego County leads the 10 Northern New York counties in the category of visitor spending on recreation, at $35.4 million.


The Hospitality and Leisure Industry consists of 10 sectors:

Accommodations: Includes hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals and campgrounds.

Adventure Tourism and Recreation: Includes everything from bird watching, canalling, canoeing and kayaking to golfing and snowmobiling. Adventure Tourism and Recreation draws those who want active, unusual vacations.

Agritourism: For many farm owners today, making a profit depends on diversifying farm operations to include services and products designed for visitors. Farm stands, u-pick operations, and farm bed and breakfasts are examples of this growing trend towards agritourism.

Attractions, Festivals and Events: Attractions include historic sites, heritage homes, museums, halls of fame, art galleries, amusement parks and cultural attractions. Festivals and events contribute many dollars to the regional economy. Not only do travelers spend money on the event itself, but ‘spin-off dollars’ are spent on everything from accommodations to retail purchases.

Auto Racing: Every aspect of a thriving racecourse is challenging, exhilarating and extremely varied. Much of the work goes on behind the scenes from producing successful marketing and business plans to ensuring the health and safety of drivers, pit crews and race fans.

Destination Marketing Organizations: Each of New York’s 62 counties has a designated agency to promote tourism. The Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism is the designated tourism promotion agency (TPA) of Oswego County.

Food and Beverages: The Food and Beverage sector is a major youth employer and a major training ground for those who are beginning their working careers.

Transportation: Limousine and motorcoach companies benefit greatly from tourism. Itineraries developed by the Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Department have appeared in group tour planners distributed by motorcoach companies from Canada, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and throughout New York State.

Tourism Services: The Tourism Services sector is made up of organizations that serve the tourism industry as a whole by providing education and training programs on tourism and by disseminating tourist information directly to visitors.

Travel Trade: The Travel Trade sector is made up of private agencies that make reservations for accommodations, tours, transportation, food and beverage and/or for attractions.

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