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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Aston Villa midfielder drops Man Utd transfer hint

first_img The Villa captain has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford this season. And having scored at the stadium just weeks ago, Grealish told Sky Sports: “That was my favourite goal ever. Scoring at Old Trafford… I’ve always wanted to play at Old Trafford. “I’ve played there before in a reserve cup final but it’s not the same when it’s like that. That’s obviously my favourite ground in the Premier League.Advertisement Loading… “It was one of them, as soon as I shot I knew it was going into the top corner and I couldn’t have hit it any better.” He also stated: “If you actually watch the goal, I get so much curve on the ball I don’t actually know I got that much curve on it. Read Also:Man United plot move for Aston Villa forward in January “When I first got the ball I faced [Andreas] Pereira up and I know for a fact… I would back myself one-vs-one against anyone in the league. “And as soon as I cut inside and I shot I knew where I wanted to put it and luckily it went in.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Aston Villa midfielder, Jack Grealish, has hinted he’d welcome a future move to Manchester United. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsBest Car Manufacturers In The Worldlast_img read more

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An Evening with GLUCK

first_imgAn Evening with GLUCK+ 6:30PM North End Clean Streets Meeting. Stop by the Nazzaro Center to learn more about the Clean Streets Committee. The committee is part of District One City Councilor Lydia Edwards’ proposal to tackle the neighborhood’s persistent trash issues, see additional details here. Today is Tuesday, January 29th and here’s what else you need to know for today… Thursday, January 31 Whole Lotta History: 6:30PM Charlestown Lower Mystic Community Meeting. The Mystic River Watershed Association is hosting a community meeting to share feedback and initial ideas for new parks, walking/biking paths and opportunities for better access to the waterfront. Enjoy free pizza and good conversation at this kid-friendly event at 50 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown, see additional details here. Weather Forecast: Notable News: Currently 6:30PM Friends of Cutillo Park Meeting. Stop by the Nazzaro Center at 30 North Bennet Street for a Friends of Cutillo Park meeting, see additional details here. Currently The shine is off new North Station tunnel Need to submit a post? Great, start here! Currently Stop by the BSA space at 290 Congress Street for an introduction to the work and practice of GLUCK+—a preeminent New York architect led design build firm—and the services and expertise provided by Schiff Hardin Construction Law–a Chicago practice whose expert guidance informs the viability and success of the design build model, continue reading. *Advertisement* Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar. The new North Station pedestrian tunnel under Causeway Street has only been open a few weeks and already one of the escalators has been out of order for a week, read more on Universal Hub. Wednesday, January 30 7:00PM Parish Activities Meeting at St. Leonard’s Church. All are welcome and encourage to join the Parish Activities Committee that is meeting at Saint Leonard’s Church. From the Community: Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!last_img read more

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