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April 6, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Quinlin / 617 973-8503

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TOURISM DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE

CELEBRATES THE MASSACHUSETTS TOURISM INDUSTRY

(Boston)—The state’s tourism industry celebrates Massachusetts Tourism Day in the Great Hall at the State House from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  The annual event is hosted by the 16 Regional Tourism Councils (RTCs) of Massachusetts, along with the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, the Massachusetts Visitors Industry Council and Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT).

MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud is presenting a Tourism Day Proclamation from Governor Charlie Baker, and RTCs are presenting Champion of Tourism awards to State Senator Karen E. Spilka and State Representative Mathew Muratore.

Other speakers at Tourism Day include Representative Cory Atkins and Senator Adam G. Hinds, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. Ann Marie Casey, executive director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, is emcee at the event.

As part of Thursday’s celebration, the RTCs are offering food samples from the culinary traditions of their regions, ranging from chowder and ice cream to maple and apple products.  Tourism officials will be on-hand to share new tourism initiatives for 2017.

In 2015, 25 million domestic and 2.5 million international travelers came to Massachusetts, a total of 27.5 million visitors.  They spent $20.2 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and retail.   This direct spending generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes, and supplied over 135,000 jobs in Massachusetts.

MOTT’s mission is to promote Massachusetts as both a leisure and business travel destination to domestic and international markets and to contribute to the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy.  For more information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.

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