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Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro hosted county leaders and tourism officials from around the Hudson Valley region this afternoon for a working lunch in the County Executive Office. The officials will then attend the Destinations of New York Group Travel Show kick-off at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center Lobby, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie where a press conference begins at 2pm.
The group heard from Peter Pantuso, CEO of the American Bus Association, about the importance of regional marketplace for group travel, federal legislation that may be a potential funding source for the region and more.
Mary Kay Vrba, Director of Dutchess County Tourism, provided a regional overview of what is happening locally in travel industry.
Also joining in the discussion was United States Congresswoman Nan Hayworth and Patricia Hohmann, representing United States Congressman Chris Gibson.