Posted: Aug 18, 2012 7:30 AM
Updated: Aug 18, 2012 7:32 AM
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Suburbs in the New York metropolitan area are stepping up their efforts to attract tourist dollars. But they have to deal with the proximity of New York City, the country's biggest magnet for visitors.
So how do they compete? They don't.
Instead, tourist agencies try to take advantage of the city's huge draw and its huge population. They market themselves as complementary destinations, suggesting visitors and New Yorkers venture out of the city.
Long Island promotes its beaches, ocean fishing and Hamptons shopping. The Hudson Valley brags about its Revolutionary War sites, Halloween festival and Hudson River mansions.
Both say they're "foodie" destinations.
And they focus on travelers within a few hundred miles.