Tourism officials from across the Commonwealth gathered at the Massachusetts State House this week to celebrate their industry and to talk about the distinctive cultural, historical and culinary assets of their respective localities.
The annual event is hosted by the 16 Regional Tourism Councils of Massachusetts, along with the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT).
Governor Charlie Baker issued a Proclamation in honor of Tourism Day in Massachusetts, which noted that “The travel and tourism industry is a vibrant part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, contributing to its year-round economic growth, employment and cultural identity.”
Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Development, addressed the audience and spoke about the economic development opportunities in tourism, which is the state’s third largest industry, accounting for 132,000 jobs.
Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, said the annual event “strengthens the spirit and enthusiasm we bring to our jobs every day of the year, and underscores our pride in representing Massachusetts across the country and around the world.”
The Governor’s proclamation stated that “22.9 million domestic visitors, 1.5 million overseas visitors and 735,000 Canadians visited Massachusetts in 2014, generating $19.5 billion in direct spending and $1.2 billion in state and local taxes.”
For more details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.