This is such a huge honor to be on the cover of Dutchess Tourism Inc's "Discover Dutchess: Official Inspiration Guide." 

Hudson Valley Radio DJ Makes Cover of Dutchess Tourism Official Inspiration Guide

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Okay, so it's not like I am front and center or anything, but TECHNICALLY, I am on the cover! Last summer, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc Melaine Rottkamp, who I know from In Touch, invited me to perform music on The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. It was such an honor to get to play some music for everyone on the Sloop, which was created by legendary music icon and environmental activist Pete Seeger. Not just that, but the crew showed us how to hoist the sails and other awesome stuff on deck! It's good to be a FOM, as Melaine calls it (Friend of Melaine)!

Read More: Dutchess County Prepares for National Travel & Tourism Week

Dutchess Tourism, the official destination marketing organization for Dutchess County, hosted its annual brochure exchange on May 9, 2024, at the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where they released the new 2024 Discover Dutchess Destination Guide to inspire travelers to visit the Mid-Hudson Valley. Dutchess County Executive Sue Serino and Dutchess Tourism President & CEO Melaine Rottkamp recognized individuals certified as Dutchess Tourism Ambassadors and shared the outlook for the upcoming travel season in Dutchess. The event saw a gathering of forty tourism-related businesses coming together to network and collaborate in anticipation of the upcoming summer travel season. This annual gathering leads up to National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) from May 19-25, 2024.   


Dutchess Tourism’s commitment to excellence extends beyond promotion to workforce development initiatives. These curated programs ensure that hospitality professionals are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver outstanding service, enhancing the overall visitor experience to the Hudson Valley. Launched in August 2022, DTI’s Certified Tourism Ambassador™ (CTA) course, an industry-recognized certified accreditation through the Tourism Ambassador Institute®, has graduated over 425 CTAs from 165 businesses and organizations. The Guest Service Gold Tourism® (GSGT) program, an online course available in English and Spanish, is focused on delivering superior customer service. GSGT is available for free through July, thanks to funds from Dutchess County government through an American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant. Individuals wanting to participate can visit or contact Lauren Beale, consumer services and tourism programs manager, at for details. 

Dutchess Tourism Brings George Washington Back to Life w/ VR Experience

Read More: Dutchess Tourism Brings George Washington Back to Life w/ VR

I spoke with President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc Melaine Rottkamp on a recent episode of In Touch. Dutchess County played a critical role in the Revolutionary War. In the spirit of the legend himself, Dutchess Tourism launched Commander in Cheers — an augmented reality experience that serves up a pint-sized George Washington to share a story about Dutchess County’s revolutionary endeavors. 

25 Non-Profits to Support in the Hudson Valley

While people benefit from them every single day, non-profit organizations remain one of the many overlooked key parts of communities. Within New York State alone, there are 116,834 non-profit organizations created to benefit the local communities, with over thousands of them being located within the Hudson Valley. With many focusing on multiple different needs of various communities, there are non-profits in the Hudson Valley that advocate for community, change, and growth – all for little to no direct profit. 

Non-profits rely on the support of their local communities to be able to spread their messages and widen their audiences, allowing more people to benefit from their organizations. From creative arts and wildlife explorations to support and donation centers, there are multiple non-profits located in the Hudson Valley that cater towards the needs of their respective communities to help aid in their growth. 

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