SUFFOLK COUNTY ANNOUNCES 10 PERCENT INCREASE IN PARKS ATTENDANCE FOR 2019
Suffolk County today announced that Suffolk County beaches welcomed an estimated 425,890 visitors this season that runs from Memorial Day to the Labor Day weekend. This milestone marks a 10 percent increase as compared to 2018. All County Parks also experienced an increase in attendance as compared to the previous year, and visitation to County Parks without beaches more than doubled this year from 11,633 visitors in 2018 to 26,544 visitors in 2019.
“The investments we are making in our county parks are paying dividends with new visitors, excitement, and revenue generated,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “As the fall season, approaches I encourage Suffolk County residents to make the most of the amenities available to the public that the entire family can enjoy.”
In 2019, Suffolk County enjoyed a record high number of seasonal permits sold, with more permits sold this year than the three previous years. The number of permits sold this season, which runs from January to Labor Day, was an eight percent increase compared to the previous year.
The campgrounds at Smith Point, Cupsogue, Montauk, Indian Island Southaven and Shinnecock East sold out with 100 percent of available campsites being booked over the Labor day holiday weekend. Suffolk County Parks hosted over 1,000 picnics and special events this year, which included the Suffolk Committee for Camping Kick-off, the Boy Scout Jamboree, SCAME May Day, and numerous Walk-a-thons, Bike-a-thons and Triathlons.
The announcement comes on the heels of Governor Cuomo announcing statewide tourism numbers are up across the board, with new records for total number of visitors, economic impact and direct spending.
Suffolk County is home to hundreds of miles of pristine, world-class beaches that are regarded as among the best in the country. Cupsogue Beach was named one of the top ten best beaches in New York State by USA Today. Long Island boasts a $5.6 billion tourism industry and welcomes more than 9 million visitors each year. Suffolk County benefits from a $2.9 billion impact each year. In Suffolk County, more than $352 million in local and state taxes are generated alone by tourism. The tourism industry here in Suffolk County employs approximately 40,000 employees each year alone.