Douglas budget contains additional $850,000 for marketing Vermont as tourist destination

first_imgOfficials in the tourism and hospitality industry said they were pleased that the alternative budget approach proposed by Governor Jim Douglas contains an additional $850,000 to market the state. With the summer tourism season unofficially kicking off over Memorial Day Weekend, Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde said the money couldn t come at a better time. Tourism is one of the largest industries in our state, and spending on promoting Vermont is an investment in job creation and retention, Hyde said. Our recent economic impact study showed that visitor spending in Vermont supported approximately 37,000 jobs for Vermonters.He noted that there were roughly 60,000 jobs in the hospitality and entertainment sector in Vermont, spread out in literally every county of the state, and visitor spending contributed $206.9 million in tax and fee revenues to state coffers in the General, Education and Transportation Funds. A strong tourism economy is vital to Vermont, and marketing the state as a travel destination benefits us all, said Ed Stahl, executive director of the Stowe Area Association. Lamoille County is very dependant on tourism for total revenue, so we re very encouraged that the Governor is appropriating a total of $1.35 million to promote Vermont. This is an investment that we will see a return on many times over.Kelly Pawlak, general manager of Mount Snow Resort, agreed. The Mount Snow Valley relies heavily on tourism, and the news about additional funding to market Vermont is music to our ears, she said.  Vermont has such a strong brand, so this decision will show a quick return on investment.  Visitors are looking for affordable and drive-to vacations right now, and Vermont really fits the bill. These additional funds will help showcase all we have to offer.  Hyde said that while officials were optimistic about the upcoming summer tourism season, the state would be competing for scarce visitor spending with other states boasting far larger marketing budgets, and that the department planned to make some funding available for local chambers of commerce, with the state and chambers splitting the cost as a 50-50 match. Using the federal stimulus money to boost our tourism sector is just good economic development, Hyde said. The Legislature s plan to spend $500,000 is a good start, but the Governor s proposal of $1.35 million is a significant increase that will really have an impact on bringing visitors and their money to Vermont.Visitors to the Green Mountain State spent more than $1.61 billion for goods and services in 2007, according to a recent study prepared by Economic and Policy Resources (EPR) of Williston that measures the impact of visitor spending on the Vermont economy.The complete report is available online on the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing s industry Web site at www.VermontPartners.org(link is external). www.vermontvacation.com(link is external).Source: Governor’s Officelast_img read more

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NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Timberwolves move up to No. 6, send No. 11, Dario Saric to Suns

first_imgRosas said Minnesota was looking to find players to complement star Karl-Anthony Towns.“There are really good pieces on our roster. There’s a strong core,” Rosas said. “But at the same time, you win in this league with high-end players. We’re fortunate that we have a high-end player (in Towns). We have the potential for other players on our roster to be high-end players.“That’s going to be part of our philosophy and part of our development and player wellness. But we are going to be very aggressive in looking at any and all opportunities to add talent to this base.” Saric was sent from the 76ers to Minnesota as part of the Jimmy Butler trade in mid-November. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 38.3% from 3-point range in 68 games with the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves finished 2018-19 with a 36-46 record and missed the playoffs for the 14th time in 15 seasons. The Timberwolves have moved up in the 2019 NBA Draft.Minnesota acquired the No. 6 pick from the Suns in exchange for Dario Saric and the No. 11 selection, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. It was the second trade made by the Suns on Thursday as they also sent TJ Warren and a second rounder to the Pacers. NBA Draft 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of trades, news, notes and more Minnesota president Gersson Rosas tried to get to No. 4, No. 5 and finally moved up to No. 6. https://t.co/92ro1J5uP3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2019The Timberwolves had been trying to jump up throughout the week and also inquired about the No. 4 and 5 picks, according to ESPN. President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said earlier this week he was going to “make the right decisions for the organization.”“We have to examine every opportunity — moving forward, moving back, moving out,” Rosas said, via The Athletic. “But we’ve reached out to every team in this league to see what our options are, and we’ll be prepared.” Related News NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks hoping to buy another second-round pick NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pacers acquire TJ Warren, pick from Sunslast_img read more

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