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Tourism spike in America's coolest small town

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Tourism spike in America's coolest small town
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A long-awaited issue of Budget Travel magazine has finally been released. The issue featuring America's Coolest Small Town went on sale Monday and as our Katie Husband tells us, the appearance by the Village of Hammondsport is already having an impact.

HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. -- The anticipation is finally over for travelers across the country as they can now pick up an issue of Budget Travel magazine and read about America's Coolest Small Towns: Hammondsport and Beaufort, North Carolina.

"The people who get Budget Travel magazine are travelers. They are people who take frequent trips so, we're being exposed to a population we wouldn't often see," said Peggy Coleman, president of Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau.

That population has certainly made an appearance in Hammondsport.

"We've had a pretty good year based on all that. Most of our merchants are experiencing an increase in sales, traffic and people that have never been here before," said Brett Steeves, president of Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce.

Now that the magazine is out nationally, the area is expecting the spike in tourism to continue.

"We see normally a different crowd after Labor Day than we see during the summer when the kids are out of school and that crowd is probably going to be a bit more of the readership of Budget Travel and we expect to see quite a swing," said Steeves.

Besides seeing the magazine's readers, each town has seen its competition.

Since the announcement was made in early spring, Hammondsport residents actually went down to North Carolina to check out their competition and town officials say they actually saw the same activity from Beaufort residents.

"We've gotten some people from Beaufort coming back up here and they've brought us things like books with their history and gifts from their area," said Steeves.

Steeves says they are ready to accommodate the extra visitors who have thumbed through the magazine.

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