By Chris Chapman, Media and Communications Manager, Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce

Ellicottville is the undisputed driving force for tourism in Cattaraugus County and the first quarter for 2017 has proven that the trend has continued, according to the newest occupancy numbers just released.

Cattaraugus County collects a 5-percent bed tax on all non-native owned lodging facilities in the County. For the period from Dec. 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017, the first quarter for lodging revenue numbers, a total of $279,756.47 was collected.

Of that amount, $217,973.78 was collected from Ellicottville accommodations. That translates to 78 percent of the Cattaraugus County Occupancy Tax coming from Ellicottville.

To put the bed tax numbers into context, the amount collected in Ellicottville in the first quarter is the second largest total since the inception of the tax in 2004, and is only 5 percent off the record amount set in 2011 as well as being 41 percent higher than the same period in 2016.

“One of the drivers of the increased occupancy in Ellicottville was the great early season skiing and snowboarding that the two resorts were able to offer,” according to Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Brian McFadden.

“Additionally, this comes off a record 4th quarter in 2016 which was 20 percent greater than any other 4th quarter on record”.

“Another key to the increase were the Christmas Season events, Christmas in Ellicottville and Christmas Stroll, as well as Winter Blues Weekend, in the Village which all saw increased attendance,” stated Barb Pump, Events and Membership Manager.

“We are not going to rest on our laurels,” she went on to say. “With a full slate of Green Season events and activities, and some new family friendly events being planned, we are looking to set more records this year”.

And this is why we say, “Ellicottville. Easy to find. Hard to Leave.”