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North Country tourism industry hopes for better times

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It has not been a good year for tourism in the North Country. Businesses dependent on skiers and snowmobilers are hurting due to unseasonably warm temperatures that ran from Thanksgiving through the first half of January. Summer tourism was also hurt by the weather. Heavy rains kept large numbers of visitors indoors - or away from the area entirely. Still, tourism operators are hoping for a strong season this year. That's according to this year's confidence survey conducted by the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council. Director Gary DeYoung says the annual survey, now in its 7th year, is an attempt to gather information from the small--and often independent--businesses that cater to tourists. He tells Jonathan Brown that respondents are looking to Pennsylvania as a possible new market for the Thousand Islands. Many in the industry are still hurting, though, from last summer's wet weather, tightened border security and high gas prices.

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