TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer introduces…
TripAdvisor Unveils a New Site and Mobile Experience
TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer introduces the new site TripAdvisor, a Massachusetts company based in Needham, announced plans to launch a new site and mobile experience that will make it easier for its customers to enhance their travel by curating social media influencers and select travel media like National Geographic and Conde-Nast Traveler. Currently in beta, the new TripAdvisor site and mobile experience is set to launch globally to the public later this year across all markets and languages where the company operates. TripAdvisor co-founder and CEO Stephen Kaufer said at a presentation in New York City, “Years ago, we revolutionized how people planned their trips by enabling travelers to benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. We have the most robust data helping us understand what all of you are going through when you’re planning this trip—which stage you’re in, where you’re looking, the past trips you’ve taken.” To date, more than 500 social media influencers, well-known consumer brands, publishers and travel partners have joined the new TripAdvisor. In addition, TripAdvisor’s team of destination experts and TripAdvisor Media Group brands, including Smarter Travel, Cruise Critic and TheFork.com, will also contribute to the site experience through unique profiles. Members will be able to follow favorite brands like National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Channel, Business Insider & Insider Guides, PopSugar, Great Big Story, Pandora Music, GoPro, Goop, NYC & Company (via their consumer-facing tourism website, nycgo.com), Nashville Music City, and The Knot, among many others. Members will also be able to follow leading social media influencers like television personality and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis, as well as travel bloggers, like TravelBabbo. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 661 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering approximately 7.7 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 456 million average monthly unique visitors, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.
Hawaiian Airlines says Aloha Massachusetts + New England
Massport announced that Hawaiian Airlines will begin nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Oauu, Honolulu starting on April 4, 2019. At 5,095 miles, Hawaiian’s BOS-HNL route becomes the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in U.S. history, according to airline officials. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said, “The Commonwealth is excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to Logan Airport, providing a new connection between our states. This route will provide travelers from Hawaii direct access to all that the Commonwealth has to offer, including our nation-leading innovation economy, while also making travel for New England residents to Hawaii easier.” Hawai‘i Governor David Ige said, “It’s important for our residents and visitors to have direct access to strategic destinations, and I thank Hawaiian Airlines, as our hometown carrier, for making it easier to connect with Boston and the Northeast.” Massport CEO Tom Glynn said the new route is “Logan’s 76th nonstop domestic destination, and with New Englanders coming off a long winter this flight’s start date is worth the wait. Providing more options for passengers is our goal, and I expect passengers will love the Hawaiian Airlines traveling experience with all the airline has to offer.” Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram said, “We look forward to sharing our warm hospitality with our New England guests whose vacation starts the minute they check in and step onto our plane.” Boston is the largest U.S. market without nonstop service to Hawai‘i with nearly 500 people flying between eastern New England and the islands on any given day. Boston’s world-class educational and medical facilities are among the many attractions drawing Hawai‘i travelers to the Bay State. This new route adds to Hawaiian Airlines’ global network. The market between Boston Logan International (BOS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) airports last year generated about $76 million in ticket sales. To celebrate the only nonstop service connecting Boston and Hawaii, Hawaiian is offering special roundtrip fares of $617 in the main cabin and $1,776 in first class featuring luxurious lie-flat leather seats. (Tickets must be purchased by Sunday and are good for travel from April 4-30. Blackout dates for travel to Hawaii are April 12-14, and to Boston from April 19-21). Starting with the inaugural flight on April 4, HA90 will depart HNL every day but Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. and arrive at BOS the following morning at 6 a.m. Flight HA91 will depart BOS every day but Wednesday and Thursday at 8:55 a.m., except for Friday flights, which will depart at 8 a.m. The flights will arrive in Hawai‘i the same day at 2:35 p.m. and the Friday flight will arrive at 1:40 p.m. Both HNL arrival times offer guests ample time to settle into their accommodations and unwind with a Hawaiian sunset, or connect to Kaua‘i, Maui or the Island of Hawai‘i via the airline’s convenient schedule of some 170 daily interisland jet flights. Hawaiian’s Airbus A330 widebody aircraft offers spacious first class cabin featuring 18 lie-flat leather seats that transform into 180-degree beds at a roomy 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering functionality to the business traveler. About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 14 years (2004-2017) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i. Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (12) than any other airline, along with service from China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system- wide.
Governor Baker & Plymouth 400 Announce Signature Events for 2020
On August 28, Governor Charlie Baker joined Plymouth 400 officials and elected officials to announce a series of Signature Events to mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival in Plymouth in 1620. Joining Governor Baker at the podium were Dusty Rhodes, Chair of the Plymouth Massachusetts 400 Commission; State Senator Vinny deMacedo, Plymouth & Barnstable District; State Representative Sarah Peake, 4th Barnstable District; Massachusetts Bureau of Indian Affairs Executive Director Jim Peters; Executive Director of Plymouth 400, Inc. Michele Pecoraro; President & General Manager of NBC Boston Mike St. Peters; and former Senate President of Massachusetts Therese Murray. Governor Baker called Massachusetts “a state of firsts, and what occurred in Plymouth in 1620 is a ‘first’ of ‘firsts.’ From Provincetown to Plymouth and beyond, many events are planned for 2020.” Here is a schedule of the Signature Events announced. Dusty Rhodes said, “The cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples have significantly shaped the building of America and continue to provide lessons for our future. Further, the inclusion of the Native American perspective is one of the truly unique aspects of this commemoration as, historically, this perspective has been mishandled and misrepresented.” Michele Pecoraro said, “The same cornerstones that defined this moment in history are also defined by the themes of this commemoration: exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration and thanksgiving. Each of Plymouth 400’s commemorative events and programs were specifically designed to highlight these themes.” Cape Cod is also part of the commemoration, since the Pilgrims initially landed off the coast of Provincetown prior to journeying up the coast to Plymouth in 1620. Established in 2011, Plymouth 400, Inc. is a non-profit organization has been working alongside the 35-member State Commission since January 2016. Together they are the architects of what is shaping up to be an epic commemoration of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620, a story that significantly shaped the building of America. Read more about Plymouth 400 here. For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.
MGM Springfield Resort & Casino Opens in Massachusetts
MGM Springfield, New England’s first integrated luxury resort, officially opened its doors on Friday, August 24, 2018. Prior to the opening, thousands of visitors lined Main Street to enjoy a celebratory procession featuring hundreds of MGM Springfield employees, Cirque du Soleil performers, The Minutemen UMASS Marching Band, Indian Motorcycles, community partners and the Budweiser Clydesdales. On Thursday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby and other local officials joined MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis to commemorate the occasion and celebrate the 3,000 jobs created with the resort’s opening. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Our Administration is excited to officially welcome MGM to Springfield and we look forward to the new economic and job opportunities this project will help bring throughout the region. This project is a major investment in the workforce and economy of Western Massachusetts and also will provide support to several important partnerships between education centers and community organizations.” According to MGM, the resort combines the excitement and energy of Las Vegas with the rich historical context of Springfield, a city steeped in innovation and the arts. “With a 375-year legacy as a major crossroads of New England, Springfield is poised to join the likes of such hidden gems with the development of MGM Springfield leading a fresh wave of rediscovery in The City of Firsts,” said Murren. Covering three city blocks in downtown Springfield, the resort pays tribute to notable locals Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Emily Dickinson and offers restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and Adam Sobel, and Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 winner Meghan Gill. It also features innovative lounges; a seven-screen luxury Regal Cinemas; 10-lane bowling alley within TAP Sports Bar; a Topgolf® Swing Suite; a serene spa; an expansive public art collection; A-list entertainment; and an open-air plaza activated daily with live music, pop-up-art galleries, food trucks and events. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said, “I applaud MGC staff for their steadfast commitment to the successful implementation of our strong gaming law and the persistent and collaborative focus on maximum job creation and economic development while also taking a proactive approach to the minimization of unintended consequences.” Mayor Domenic Sarno said, “I am proud and thankful of MGM’s nearly $1 billion belief, investment and partnership with our city. Here’s to continued success!” Executive Director Francois Nivaud, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), called MGM Springfield “a welcome addition to the vibrant tourism and hospitality amenities that make Western Massachusetts such an attractive destination to visitors from around the world. MGM has created unique partnerships with our local tourism industry and with small businesses so that the whole region can benefit. We look forward to welcoming new audiences from around the world to experience Massachusetts.” In an op-ed column on MassLive, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra said the new MGM facility “will tremendously strengthen the appeal of Western Mass as a visitor destination. We already offer our guests outstanding value, access and one-of-a-kind attractions, and MGM Springfield will expand those offerings and recognition in a dramatic fashion.” Find up-to-date information at MGM Springfield. For year tourist information, visit WesternMass and MassVacation.
Worcester Woos Red Sox Minor League Baseball Team to Central Massachusetts
The City of Worcester is the new home for the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate, thanks to a commitment from the Baker-Polito Administration and municipal leaders to redevelop Worcester’s Canal District through public infrastructure, market rate housing and roadway improvements. The announcement was made on Friday, August 17, as Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined the City of Worcester, private developers and the Red Sox to announce the state’s commitment for a redevelopment project in Worcester’s Canal District. The state has committed $35 million over the next two to three years, which will support new market rate housing through the Housing Development Incentive Program and support public infrastructure including the construction of a new parking garage funded through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. The 250-500 space city-owned garage will be located adjacent to the proposed ballpark, the construction of which will be funded by the City of Worcester. The new garage will also serve existing and planned commercial and residential development in the Canal District. Additionally, the state is engaging with the City to address public safety and traffic concerns in the Kelley Square area and is in the process of designing transportation improvements. Governor Charlie Baker said his Administration “is committed to working with our partners at the local level to support economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth to create jobs and strengthen communities. We are pleased to continue to invest in the City of Worcester and look forward to working together to welcome a premier professional ball team to the state.” Lieutenant Governor Polito called the project “an exceptional opportunity for growth and development for Worcester and for the Commonwealth with the announcement of this ball club planning to relocate to Central Massachusetts. Governor Baker and I are proud to support the revitalization of Worcester through various economic development tools and in partnership with the City, we continue to be focused on the Canal District and Kelley Square.” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash called Worcester “a prime example of a community that uses all the available tools in the state’s economic development toolbox to realize its vision. As the city embarks on this large-scale redevelopment, we are fully behind the efforts to solidify the Canal District’s place as a ‘live, work, play’ destination.” The state has made a series of investments in Worcester’s Canal District to improve and accelerate the growth of this emerging commercial and residential area, including the new Fidelity Ice Rink, the Harding Green public market, The Edge at Union Station, student housing, and a variety of road reconstruction and streetscape projects. The Baker-Polito Administration’s support has extended beyond Canal District to other important projects throughout the city, including supporting business incubator space at 44 Portland Street and the redevelopment of Hanover Theater. Additionally, the state has provided over $43 million in MassWorks infrastructure grants to support projects throughout Worcester to improve the Main Street Central Business District, relocate Stearns Tavern, upgrades to the Front and Center section of City Square, and the long-term redevelopment of the Nurses’ Wing at the Worcester Senior Center. In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569), which included a $500 million reauthorization of the MassWorks program to fund investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $250 million in new MassWorks authorization.
Massachusetts Awards $3.8 Million to Eight Communities and Cape Cod Region to Support Coastal Resiliency & the Maritime Economy
Marshfield Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced over $3.8 million in Seaport Economic Council Grants to support projects in eight communities and the Cape Cod region. The grants help coastal cities and towns strengthen their economy, support job growth and build resilience to climate change. The grants were approved at a Seaport Economic Council meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, following the ribbon cutting celebration for a new Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility at Marshfield’s Green Harbor Town Pier in Brant Rock. Governor Charlie Baker “Massachusetts maritime economy supports the Commonwealth’s coastal communities through tourism, commercial fishing, marine research, and shipping. Our Administration remains committed to strengthening these cities and towns through the funding, expertise, and leadership of the Seaport Economic Council and will continue to do so through new authorization from the economic development package signed last week.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, co-chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the Administration is proud of “the phenomenal progress our coastal communities have made on vital projects, by leveraging state and local funding sources and forging local partnerships. Marshfield offers a tangible example, as it undertook an ambitious effort to create a modern, multi-use maritime center that will better support their thriving maritime economy and tourism-focused economy.” Housing and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk, vice chair for the Seaport Economic Council, said today’s awards “provide long-term economic benefits in coastal communities through environmental planning efforts on Cape Cod, construction and rehabilitation of harbor facilities in Salem, Hingham, Plymouth, Nantucket, and design and permitting efforts for planned projects.” In 2015, Marshfield received a $1 Million grant from the Seaport Economic Council to construct a modern Maritime Center and Harbormaster facility at the Town Pier in Green Harbor. The new 3,800 square foot building will improve services for local commercial fisherman and support the working waterfront. The building will also focus on increasing tourism, recreational boating, and fishing, and will link other waterfront infrastructure investments in the town, including the Harborwalk linking Harbor Park and the Esplanade of the Brant Rock business district. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $33 million in 70 grants across 38 communities. Last week, the Governor signed economic development legislation that includes an additional $50 million in authorization for the Seaport Economic Council and $50 million for saltwater dredging projects, creating an individual program for focused funding that will build upon the $4 million 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program the Administration launched in July. The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Investments in the coastal communities are crucial the Massachusetts’ economy, safety, and environment. The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to provide resources and programs, like the Seaport Economic Council Grants and dredging-focused programs – both the 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program and the standalone dredging grant program to be funding through the economic development legislation signed by Governor Baker last week – to ensure that coastal communities can improve, strengthen, and protect the Commonwealth’s coastal assets. Awards: Cape Cod Cooperative Extension – $317,020 The Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will enable the protection of coastal businesses, homes, property and infrastructure by precisely identifying and mapping “storm tide pathways,” the lowest elevation where water will begin to flow inland during a flood event. This project will provide field-verified data on where, when, and how storm surge and floodwaters approach and then inundate coastal communities. City of Gloucester – $110,000 Gloucester will use this award to support the Gloucester Fresh, a local seafood brand to: support all seafood industry small businesses along the supply chain through free marketing and promotional opportunities; increase sales and prices of Gloucester landed fish and lobster; and expand upon efforts to brand the Massachusetts Lobster and increase awareness of Gloucester as the #1 landing port for lobster. City of Salem – $741,200 Salem will fund the construction of two new public docking facilities and renovation of a severely deteriorated existing facility. This project will increase safety on the docks, create a space for short-term tie-ups and will improve expand public access to the water for both residents and visitors. Town of Chatham - $150,000 Chatham will fund the design and permitting phases for reconstruction of the Trap Dock Pier located on Stage Harbor. The project will design a replacement commercial fish offloading pier facility to improve and expand offloading capabilities in Stage Harbor. Town of Eastham – $80,000 Eastham will use this award for facilitating, planning and developing a Municipal Harbor and Waterways Management Plan to understand the greatest uses and needs of the town’s mooring area, as well as understanding future coastal changes to these areas due to storm surge. Town of Hingham – $370,000 Hingham will fund the replacement of the Maritime Center’s Main Docking System and the Sailing Floats. This re-construction of the aging dock system, will be able to sustain the community boating programs that use this space and also ensure that this resource continues to be available for future generations. Town of Marshfield – $95,000 Marshfield will use this award for a feasibility study on its aging commercial piers, wharfs and supportive concrete revetment walls. This study will seek ways to better conduct maritime business and repair the again infrastructure. Town of Nantucket – $1,000,000 The town of Nantucket will use this award to support improvements to the Town Pier, Harbormaster’s office, which supports 13,500 transient vessels each season and 45 ferry transits each day in season. The facility is comprised of 75 recreational slips and 20 slips assigned to commercial businesses such as; mooring providers, fishing charters, environmental habitat charters, boat rentals and a vessel towing company. Nantucket will fund replacement of the Harbormaster’s office, boater- public bathroom and shower facilities. Town of Plymouth – $1,000,000 Plymouth will use the award to create the Maritime Facility. The existing Harbormaster Facility is in poor condition with no bathroom facilities for the staff of the public, limited work space, and a variety of safety hazards. The harbor itself has approximately 1000 moorings and slips for both recreational and commercial boating for catching lobster, charter fishing, whale watching and aquaculture. The award will fund the new facility which will include transient boater facilities, public restrooms, and Harbormaster staff. The Maritime Facility will provide increased accessibility and support to all the commercial and recreational activities of Plymouth Harbor. Read the entire press release here.
August Moon Festivals Celebrate Chinese Community in Massachusetts
by Lia Jackson The August Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second largest festival in China. It began back in 771 BCE and is held in the middle of autumn, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, as a way to celebrate the harvest on a night of the full moon. Mooncakes are a popular and traditional food item at the Festival, which are served and eaten during the celebration to symbolize family unity. Massachusetts is fortunate to celebrate two August Moon Festivals, in Boston and Quincy. Visitors and local residents alike are welcome at each. Now in its 49th year, Boston’s Chinatown August Moon Festival (August 12) is a long day event (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) that is free and open to the public. Located in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue, the event s organized by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA), a group that promotes Chinese culture and traditions year round in the region. The Festival is filled with cultural performances as well as Chinese calligraphy, arts and crafts, along with various vendors of Chinese food and merchandise. The Festival also highlights what the CCBA and Chinatown has to offer the general public about the Chinese-American community. This year, Quincy is celebrating its 31st Annual Quincy August Moon Festival (August 19). Boston Magazine named it Boston’s Best Street Festival in 2018, and describes it like this: “Warm breezes, vibrant dragons and lions, and fresh-baked mooncakes filled with lotus-seed paste for the taking: This is the August Moon Festival, an always-boisterous street party commemorating the end of the harvest season. Chock full of cultural performances, it’s an action-packed day with arguably the best street food of any festival around.” The festival is organized by the Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster and improve the lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. The festival is held on Coddington Street, Quincy Center and runs from noon to 5 p.m. Activities include live music, food, a petting zoo, cultural performances and games. Enjoy these August Moon festivals in Massachusetts. For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com. Lia Jackson is a recent graduate of Fitchburg State University and an intern at the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism in summer 2018.
Massport & Korean Air Announce Direct Service Between Seoul and Boston in 2019
Massport and Korean Air announced a new nonstop service, set to launch in spring 2019 between Seoul, South Korea and Boston, Massachusetts. It marks the 5th nonstop destination to Asia from Boston Logan International Airport. Other Asian destinations include Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Korean Air will operate five days a week on a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner, carrying nearly 270 passengers, including six First Class sleeper suites, 18 Prestige business class sleeper suites, and 245 seats in economy class. Service is expected to begin between Logan (BOS) and Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) next spring. Seoul Incheon has been named one of the best airports in the world numerous times since 2000, most recently ranked 2nd by Skytrax. As the capital of South Korea, Seoul is one of the most populated cities in the world with more than 10 million residents. More than 24,000 individuals of Korean descent live in Massachusetts, including nearly 5,000 in Boston. Governor Charlie Baker said that his Administration “is committed to supporting access to economic development and growth across the Commonwealth. This new nonstop flight to Seoul will continue to strengthen Massachusetts’ international community and promote additional opportunities for residents, employers and visitors.” South Korea’s economy is ranked the 11th largest in the world and 4th largest in Asia. The country is also home to the headquarters of 15 Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, LG Electronics, Hyundai and Kia, representing two of South Korea’s important exports: technology and automobiles. Korean Air’s Managing Vice President John Jackson said that Boston, “with its numerous universities and colleges, is a growing New England hub attracting companies in fast-growing industries like IT, bio-technology, healthcare, finance and pharmaceuticals.” In 2016, 66,500 South Koreans came to Massachusetts, spending $115 and generating $7 in state and local taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said, “Connecting New England with the global economy is a key part of Massport’s mission. Offering nonstop service to South Korea, one of the world’s largest economies, has been a priority and we are happy that it has come to fruition. We welcome Korean Air to Logan and look forward to connecting not only our economies, but students, families and tourists as well.” Other business and tourism industry leaders welcomed the news. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo called the announcement “terrific news for Boston’s visitor industry. South Korea is a top ten overseas source market for Boston, sending nearly 70,000 annual visitors to our city, and Korean Air directly services dozens of cities across China and Japan, which means Seoul is poised to become a major feeder city for Boston.” Boston’s Chief of Economic Development John F. Barros said, “As the City of Boston becomes an increasingly large presence in the global economy, international connections and partners are vital to our success. Commitments like these continue to bolster Boston’s tourism and business communities.” Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce President and CEO James Rooney said, “Connecting Boston with more international destinations increases opportunities for our talented workforce and helps make the Commonwealth more attractive for a variety of industries. Mass Competitive Partnership President and CEO Dan O’Connell said, “Nonstop air service is key to making Massachusetts competitive in the world marketplace. Connecting the Commonwealth with major international economies has great benefits.” Sustaining Massachusetts’ competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economy; spread across sectors such as biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research. Massport has worked to increase the number of options for international nonstop flights that help make Boston more attractive to foreign companies looking at U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. International passengers fly through Logan’s newly renovated Terminal E. The Terminal E Renovation and Enhancements project, completed in 2016, improved the customer experience throughout the terminal. The project added 95,000 square feet of space and renovated three existing gates to accommodate larger aircraft. The project was designed to make Terminal E a true international gateway to Massachusetts and New England.
Governor Baker Signs Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget into law. The $41.232 billion plan reinforces the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to structurally balancing the state budget, while investing $4.91 billion towards K-12 education, providing over $200 million to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic, increasing funding to build stronger communities and supporting the state’s workforce from job growth to public transit. The FY19 budget anticipates a sizeable deposit in the Stabilization Fund, resulting in a net increase of $368 million for this fiscal year and a total balance of $2.15 billion by the end of FY19—which is nearly double the balance since the Baker-Polito Administration took office in 2015 and the highest amount in more than a decade. The budget reflects the Administration’s commitment to reducing the reliance on one-time sources of revenue, down from nearly $1.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 to $95 million in FY19, a decrease of 92%. Consistent with the administration’s previous budgets, this plan does not raise taxes or fees. The FY19 budget represents a 3.2% increase in spending over estimated spending in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). The total $41.232 billion in spending excludes the Medical Assistance Trust Fund transfer. Governor Baker said, “Since taking office, our Administration has worked to reduce an inherited budget deficit, build our reserves by over $1 billion and make targeted investments in education, the opioid epidemic and our cities and towns—all without raising taxes. We are pleased to sign a balanced budget that manages taxpayer dollars in a fiscally responsible way, while providing a tax break for working families and support for critical services for every resident. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and I appreciate our ongoing partnership with the Legislature to collaborate and compromise on this important blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year.” The Commonwealth’s investment in Chapter 70 education aid to local schools will reach an all-time high of $4.91 billion, an increase of $160.6 million over FY18 and $507 million since the Administration took office. The budget also includes an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit from 23% to 30% of the federal tax credit, and builds on an earlier increase from 15% to 23% signed by the Governor in 2015. The tax credit increase, which was included in the Governor’s FY19 budget proposal, will provide additional tax relief for 450,000 filers, allowing working families in Massachusetts to retain more of their earnings. Next year an income-eligible family with three qualifying dependent children will receive a tax credit of nearly $2,000, or $458 more than at the current rate. The budget also increases the dairy farm tax credit. The FY19 plan continues the Administration’s support of local communities with a $37.2 million increase in unrestricted local aid, to $1.1 billion, an increase of $153.2 million since taking office. The budget includes $5.3 million for the Community Compact Cabinet program, and FY19 funding will reach $6.8 million total, pending approval by the Legislature of $1.5 million in additional funds. Chaired by Lt. Governor Polito, the Community Compact promotes municipal best practices and supports efficiency and regionalization grants for cities and towns. As of May 2018, all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth have signed compacts with the Commonwealth. Lt. Governor Polito said, “Our Administration has made it a priority to be a reliable partner for cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and this budget reaffirms that commitment. This plan will make significant investments in education and local aid, as well as grant programs to support local economic development and public safety initiatives.” The FY19 budget continues the Administration’s focus on addressing opioid addiction and substance misuse, funding $203 million across multiple agencies (not including MassHealth) for treatment and services for individuals with substance use disorder, an approximately 70% increase since 2015. The budget will continue support for women’s addiction treatment services at Taunton State Hospital and programs at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Plymouth. The budget makes a major investment in behavioral health with a $109 million increase in funding for the Department of Mental Health, which includes $83.8 million for Adult Clinical Care Services to improve community-based services for adults with serious mental illness. The Department of Children and Families will receive $1 billion in funding, an increase of $34.2 million over FY18. Since 2015, funding for DCF has increased by $180.2 million, which has supported the hiring of more than 600 new employees to address the critical infrastructure needed to run the agency. The budget makes important progress toward funding accounts that traditionally have been underfunded and typically require significant supplemental appropriations, including snow and ice removal, legal services for the poor, and emergency shelter for the homeless. Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan said, “Working with our partners in the House and Senate we make great progress in this budget toward funding the cost of services that we know the Commonwealth will incur, to maintain structural balance, and to build our reserves, all of which are important to responsible budgeting. This budget is a continuation of our efforts to plan and spend taxpayer resources more efficiently and maximize our investments.” The Massachusetts Department of Transportation receives $582.5 million in funding, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities. The MBTA will receive $127 million in state support in FY19 to build on the Administration’s commitment to improve financial sustainability at the T, in addition to the annual $1 billion sales tax transfer. As part of the budget-signing, Governor Baker vetoed $49 million in gross spending, including 297 earmarks. Of 110 outside sections, the Governor signed 91, and returned 19 to the Legislature with proposed amendments. In addition to signing the budget today, Governor Baker urged the Legislature to act on a supplemental budget proposal filed on July 13 that invests $150 million for new programs to support education and school safety, including $40 million to fund more school counselors, social workers and psychologists, $30 million for targeted intervention and turnaround efforts in school districts with high concentrations of low-income students and $15 million to fund community college scholarships to cover unmet tuition costs for students with financial need. The supplemental budget also recommends an additional $50 million to fund local road and bridge projects. Link to FY19 Budget
50th Annual FESTIVAL BETANCES CELEBRATES PUERTO RICAN + Latin Culture in Massachusetts
The 50th Annual Festival Betances is taking place on July 21-22, 2018 at Villa Victoria, located at 100 W. Dedham Street in Boston’s South End. The two-day festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture, including music, dance, food, visual arts and other traditions. In addition, the festival features a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, a greased pole competition, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other activities that highlight the diversity of Latino culture. Among the performers this year are world-renowned artists including Andy Montañez, Giro López, Julio César Sanabria, and 3NITY featuring Zayra Pola. Here is a video of 3NITY performing Summertime. Band members met at the Berklee College of Music, forming the first all-female Latin band in Boston. The festival is organized each year by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a non-profit organization and a dynamic community development corporation that started in the South End neighborhood of Boston, to address displacement of low-income families due to urban development. IBA offers affordable housing and supportive programming to improve the knowledge, life skills and health of participants of all ages. Festival Betances is named after Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican patriot whose medical contributions benefited Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. He also became a leader in awakening national consciousness in Puerto Rico, and is considered one of the foremost intellectuals of the 19th century. There is a plaza and a mural dedicated to him where the festival is held. Read more about the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund launched in October 2017 by the Boston Foundation and elected officials such as Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Dr. Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, Chairwoman of the Advisory Committee, is CEO of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. Find more jazz and world music festivals in Massachusetts this year by visiting MassJazz.com. For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.
Boston Celtics Red Auerbach Center Opens at New Balance World Headquarters in Brighton
One of the world’s most successful sports franchises, the Boston Celtics, recently opened its new Red Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters, a state-of-the-art, 70-000 square-foot practice facility located at Boston Landing in the Allston/Brighton neighborhood. The building was named to honor Red Auerbach, the organization’s patriarch who led the Celtics to their first 16 world championships. The grand opening on June 18 was attended by public officials including Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, State Representative Kevin Honan, along with Managing Partner and Team Governor Wyc Grousbeck, New Balance Chairman Jim Davis and other sports, civil and business leaders. Governor Baker called Boston Landing “a great example of successful collaboration between the private and public sector to expand development opportunities for the Allston-Brighton community. Our administration has been pleased to play a role in this area’s expansion and we look forward to seeing the Boston Celtics and New Balance honor Red Auerbach’s legacy and use the space to build leaders on the court and in the community.” Mayor Walsh said, “This new facility brings our Celtics home, so they won’t just be winning in Boston, but they’ll be training in Boston as well. I thank the Celtics and New Balance for making Boston a championship city, for earning the banners, for honoring Red’s legacy and putting an emphasis on community, making sure the spirit of the team also extends into Boston’s neighborhoods.” Representative Honan said, “It was a pleasure to attend the Grand Opening of the Red Auerbach Center last month. We are very excited to have such a storied franchise practice in this state-of-the art training facility in our neighborhood. I have fond memories of attending a Celtics practice at Brandeis University and sitting next to Red Auerbach himself and hearing his commentary on all of the players. It has been wonderful to watch the tremendous growth surrounding Boston Landing.” Grousbeck called the new Center “the foundation on which future great Celtics teams will be built. We are so glad to honor Red, the architect of Celtic Pride, in this way, and to work with New Balance to build this stunning facility.” Davis said, “New Balance is extremely proud to join with the Boston Celtics in honoring Red Auerbach’s professional achievements and personal values of teamwork and integrity through the opening of ‘Red’s House’ at Boston Landing. Red Auerbach was a true entrepreneur whose passion for winning and dedication to the sport of basketball and the Boston Celtics was equally matched with his commitment to people and the Boston community.” Among the features of the new facility: • Two full-sized parquet floor NBA basketball courts • Sports science lab and performance equipment, including floor-embedded force plates, • and other systems for detailed player-performance data collection • Expanded strength and conditioning, training, and recovery facilities, including a 40-foot • exercise pool, hydrotherapy pools and a float tank • Medical exam room with GE Medical Imaging and measuring equipment • Specially attuned energy efficient GE lighting systems • Full commercial kitchen and nutrition facilities • Leading edge audio-visual technology throughout the facility • Best-in-class players’ locker rooms, auxiliary men’s and women’s locker rooms, players’ • lounge, and nap room • Expanded media work room, press conference, and broadcast facilities • Flexible hospitality area designed for community relations activities, partner gatherings, • and other guest events • Enhanced work space for the team’s coaching and basketball front office staffs Find out about year round sporting events in Massachusetts by visiting the Mass Sports Marketing Office. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. About Boston Landing Boston Landing is a mixed-use development encompassing approximately 15 acres of land along the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood. Located along Guest Street, the property is a former industrial area that once served as the region’s largest stockyard. The revitalization of this development will turn the area into a vibrant 21st century destination for like-minded companies, with a focus on work/life balance. Boston Landing’s vision is to create a state-of-the-art development that complements the existing neighborhood fabric through the creation of new office space, retail stores, restaurants, and sports-related uses. In addition to the Boston Celtics Practice and Training Facility, Boston Landing is currently home to the New Balance World Headquarters, the Boston Bruins Practice and Training Facility and companies such as Bose, Roche, Proteostasis and Mass Innovation Labs.
New “Work of Leisure” Report Studies Massachusetts Hospitality & Tourism Industry
A new study entitled The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts’ Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry was presented to state and city tourism leaders on June 19. Prepared by UMass/Boston Donahue Institute for The Boston Foundation and Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the report finds that the leisure, hospitality and tourism industry “employs 376,000 workers and generates more than $28 billion in economic output on its own – and its spending and economic activity spins off another 232,000 jobs and $41 billion in additional output.” Read the full report here.
Mass Preservation Awards include Tourism Sites
As part of Preservation Month in the Bay State, the Massachusetts Historical Commission held a public ceremony on May 16 at the Massachusetts Archives Building, recognizing 10 worthy projects and individuals throughout Massachusetts. Several tourism sites were included, such as the Paul Revere House in Boston, The Mass MoCA in North Adams, and the Eustis Estate and Museum in Milton. The project awardees included the Chinatown Atlas in Boston; Paul Revere House Education and Visitor Center in Boston’s North End; Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library in Essex; Fitchburg Yarn Works in Fitchburg; the Eustis Estate & Museum in Milton; MASS MoCA Building #6 in North Adams; Joseph Simes House in Plymouth; Virginia Adams, Reading Historical Commission; Fire Alarm and Telegraph Building in Worcester. Individual awards also went to Minxie and James Fannin, Fannin–Lehner Preservation Consultants, in Concord, and Virginia Adams, local preservationist in Reading. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, chair of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, spoke at the assembly and praised the preservation community for its work. He said Preservation Month “provides an opportunity to discover and appreciate the Commonwealth’s historic resources and to recognize that historic preservation benefits all of us, enhancing all our lives.” 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Awards Program. Observed nationally since 1973, Preservation Month is an opportunity for organizations large and small to promote preservation, historic places, and community pride through celebrations and other events. Communities and organizations around Massachusetts are sponsoring numerous preservation activities during the month of May that celebrate the State House, Room 337, Boston, Massachusetts 02133 Commonwealth’s rich and diverse heritage. More information is available from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and local historical commissions. Find additional information about the Massachusetts Historical Commission here.
Massport Launches 2018 Cruise Season in Boston
Massport’s 2018 cruise season kicked off this month with an official event at the Flynn Cruiseport in South Boston. The event gathered together local elected officials, members of the South Boston community, tourism leaders, cruise ship operators and local businesses to usher in a robust season of cruise ships coming in to Seaport. Among the new itineraries announced: - Holland America Line is offering two 14-day cruises to Cuba, departing June 23 and August 4 aboard the MS Veendam. - Norwegian Cruise is offering a 14-Day Eastern Caribbean tour departing October 26 on Norwegian Dawn. - Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is offering three 7-night Bermuda sailings, departing September 23 and October 7 aboard the Serenade of the Seas. - Along with these new itineraries, Massport continues to offer great weekly escapes to Bermuda and the beautiful fall itineraries throughout Canada and New England. In addition, a new park was dedicated to the late William J. “Hank” “Skippy” Miller, a longshoreman and past president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 800. Massport has invested nearly $20M in capital improvements to the Flynn Cruiseport, contributing to strong growth in ship calls and passenger volume. Larger ships, two to three times the size calling the Port today, are now seeking Boston as a homeport. Flynn Cruiseport Boston handled a record 388,222 visitors during the 2017 cruise season and approximately 400,000 are expected in 2018. Cruise calls will stretch through November, with 150 visits from 35 ships of 19 lines. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Massachusetts is one of the top ten states benefitting economically from the global cruise industry. CLIA estimates the cruise industry contributes more than $485 million annually to the Massachusetts economy. To date, the Massachusetts cruise industry has generated nearly 2,000 jobs and about $24 million in annual federal and state tax revenue. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said that the Boston seaport “continues to draw more cruise passengers as both a port of call and a starting point for longer journeys to Canada, the Caribbean and beyond. The men and women employed at the Cruiseport provide a warm welcome to those traveling through and recognize the significant impact tourism has on the Commonwealth and the country as a whole.” Massport’s Port Director Lisa Wieland called the Port of Boston “a popular cruise destination enticing visitors from around the world with extensive history, culture, shopping and world class culinary experiences. Looking ahead to the future, Boston will continue to grow as both an embarkation port and destination port of call for multiple cruise lines as we improve our infrastructure and expand our itineraries.” Flynn Cruiseport is located in the vibrant Seaport District. It is easily accessible from both I-90 and I-93 and minutes from Logan International Airport. Those who are interested should visit www.massport.com/cruiseport/ to learn more.
Celebrate Cape Verdeans in Massachusetts
By Francisco Fernandes Tavares Massachusetts is proud of its diverse population of residents representing dozens of ethnic communities and more than 140 languages from around the world. One of the most prominent is the Cape Verdean community, concentrated in Boston and nearby cities and towns like Quincy, Randolph, Somerville and Cambridge; and also South of Boston in Brockton, Taunton, Fall River, New Bedford and Cape Cod. The community is represented by the Cabo Verde Consulate located at 300 Congress Street in Quincy. While the official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese, Cape Verdeans also speak a unique Creole dialect as well. Portuguese is the third most commonly spoken language in Massachusetts, representing people from Brazil, Cape Verde, Portugal, Azores and Madeira. Here are a few suggestions on how to discover Cape Verdean culture and heritage in Massachusetts. GREATER BOSTON Boston has over 40,000 Cape Verdean residents, mostly concentrated in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury neighborhoods. Recognizing these strong ties, the City of Boston signed a Sister City Agreement with Praia, Cape Verde in 2015 to foster economic, social and cultural exchange between these two cities. The Cape Verdean Independence Festival on July 4th at Boston City Hall Plaza is a great way to experience Cape Verdean culture up close. Attendees can enjoy live music, arts, food, children’s activities and the raising of the Cape Verdean flag. For those looking to enjoy authentic Cape Verdean cuisine, look no further than Cesaria, a popular Cape Verdean restaurant located at 266 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. Cesaria offers popular authentic Cape Verdean dishes, including Catchup, a slow simmered stew made of hominy, pork, beans, carrots and collard greens. NEW BEDFORD New Bedford is proud of its Cape Verdean heritage, culture and history, which date back to the 1790s, when New Bedford whaling ships stopped in Cape Verde for supplies. The Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibits, opened in 2011 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, reflects this illustrious history. New Bedford is also the official home for the Schooner Ernestina, which was aligned with Cape Verde through much of the 20th century. The ship was built in 1894 and brought many Cape Verdean immigrants to the U.S. In 1982, it was returned to Massachusetts, presented as a gift from the Cape Verdean people. Ernestina is currently being refurbished and will serve as an educational vessel and tourist attraction when it returns to port. New Bedford Director of Tourism & Marketing Dagny Ashley describes New Bedford’s Cape Verdean community as “proud, passionate and inspiring to the community, myself and the city. They work hard to share and preserve the stories of Cape Verde’s culture and people, inspiring future generations while celebrating the Cape Verdean past and present connections to New Bedford and beyond.” The annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade, taking place on July 7th, 2018, celebrates Cape Verdean independence and the heritage of New Bedford. Participants can enjoy music, live bands, floats, dancers and more. Ashley calls Cape Verdeans “part of New Bedford’s fabric. Its history is woven and embedded in the city, dating back to the 1800’s. Along with many other groups, the Cape Verdean community helps make the City of New Bedford rich in history, culture and traditions.” BROCKTON Brockton has the third largest Cape Verdean population in Massachusetts, and is the only city to have an official Cape Verdean Heritage Day, organized by the Cape Verde Association of Brockton. The centerpiece of this year’s 24th Annual CV DAY Festival is on Sunday July 29, from 2 – 8 p.m. in Brockton. Also, the Association hosts an annual Gala, taking place on August 21 at Santana Restaurant and Hall in Brockton. CAPE COD In Hyannis, visit the Zion Union Heritage Museum, which celebrates the African-American, Cape Verdean and Wampanoag people of Cape Cod, as well as people who arrived here more recently from Brazil and the Caribbean. Coming up on June 2 at the Museum is “Sing Sistah Sing!” a tribute to female singers from these communities that have contributed to blues, jazz, gospel and opera. Also on Cape Cod, check out the Cape Verdean Club of Falmouth, the oldest of its kind in the United States. The Club holds an annual Cape Verdean Festival in September. Massachusetts is home to many vibrant ethnic communities, making the state a promising destination to witness and experience multiple cultures and traditions. You can find out about other multicultural communities by visiting MassVacation.com. *** Francisco ‘Cisco’ Tavares is an intern at Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. He attends Emmanuel College, Boston where he is working on his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business, with a Concentration in Marketing. Cisco is Treasurer of the Cape Verdean Student Association at Emmanuel.
Massachusetts Masterpiece Trail Showcases Art Throughout the Commonwealth
A distinctive, wide-ranging collection of art, sculpture and crafts is readily available to visitors and residents in Massachusetts, thanks to the new Masterpiece Trail unveiled this week by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). The curated Masterpiece Trail ranges from world-renowned works to hidden gems, all of them housed in 24 art galleries and museums throughout the Bay State. MOTT Executive Director Francois Nivaud said the Trail enables visitors to “continue their journey to other museums and see an unparalleled collection of artwork from world-renowned artists – housed right here in Massachusetts.” The release of the Masterpiece Trail coincides with ArtWeek MA, taking place from April 27-May 6. Some of the highlights include: . Sculptor Daniel French’s plaster model of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. . Folk Artist Erastus Salisbury Field’s “Historical Monument of the American Republic” . Painter Norman Rockwell’s iconic masterpiece, “Home for Christmas” . Painter John Singer Sargent’s “Fumee D’ Ambre Gris” . Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo’s “Dos Mujeres” For more information on the Masterpiece Trail, visit Mass Vacation.
Massachusetts Hosts Discover New England Summit
In April, more than 400 travel professionals attended the 23rd Annual Discover England Tourism Summit & International Marketplace at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth. Approximately 300 New England tourism attractions, hotels, restaurants and destination marketing organizations attended to learn about new ways to harness the growth brought about by new flights, new markets and new tourism products. The highlight of the event was a marketplace where tourism professionals from New England met directly with international tour and receptive operators, educating them about their travel products, establishing relationships and initiating contracts for both group tours and foreign independent travelers. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism met with 85 buyers from the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark. Discover New England Executive Director Lori Harnois said, “The summit is the only event of its kind in New England. Each year, our tourism industry comes together to develop business relationships with top international travel professionals who organize, package and market U.S. trips to many thousands of overseas visitors each year.” In 2016 New England hosted 2.1 million overseas visitors who spent $6.1 billion traveling to New England destinations, according to the most recent data available from research firm Travel Market Insights. MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud welcomed the delegates to the conference, and gave an overview of the state’s activities in tourism. “In 2016, New England hosted 2.1 million visitors who spent $6.1 billion traveling throughout our region,” Nivaud said. “Thanks to Massport’s steady expansion to 55+ international direct routes from Logan Airport, there has never been a better time for New England to capitalize on welcoming the world to our region.” Nivaud discussed the 400th anniversary of Plymouth in 2020, “which recognizes the settlement of the early Europeans as well as the Indigenous People already living here. Making history a central part of the visitor experience in the decade ahead is an initiative that all of New England can work on together.” This year’s keynote speaker was U.S Travel Association’s President and CEO Roger Dow, who said, “The potential value of the Discover New England summit to the region’s destinations and hospitality businesses cannot be overstated. The ability to connect with dozens upon dozens of influential travel buyers all at one event provides tremendous bang for the marketing buck, and will elevate the region’s entire economy and jobs base with the huge volume of visitors they will bring on the back end. I, for one, am honored to be participating in the summit this year.” Find more information about Discover New England. To learn about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Boston Ranked Number One Summer Vacation Destination
U.S. News & World Report released its new rankings of the Best Summer Vacations in the USA and awarded Boston the number one spot for 2018. Boston offers visitors endless historical sights to discover and beautiful ocean views to admire along its harbor. Travelers often join Sox fans at Fenway Park or shoppers on Newbury Street. Alongside other cities ranked as top summer vacations, Boston is also an ideal getaway for visitors looking for family-friendly and affordable experiences, according to the report. The top 20 domestic destinations were considered and selected from more than 700 destinations around the United States. The U.S. News uses an unbiased methodology that combines the analysis of expert and user opinions. The Best Summer Vacations were ranked on components including seasonality and affordability, as well as categories ranging from sights, culture, and people to nightlife and adventure. Boston is also ranked second under Washington D.C. for Best Historical Destinations in the U.S. Find visitor information about Boston and Massachusetts.
MassEcon Welcomes 17 new Companies to MA
Last week, Governor Charlie Baker joined MassEcon officials and 125 business, academic and political leaders to welcome seventeen companies new to Massachusetts at the 10th Annual Corporate Welcome Reception annual Corporate Welcome Reception, held at Sanofi Genzyme’s headquarters in Cambridge. The annual gathering is designed to promote Massachusetts as an outstanding place to locate, start or expand a business. Of the 17 new companies setting up in Massachusetts, two are global headquarters, two are United States headquarters and one is a North American headquarter. Governor Baker said, “Massachusetts continues to succeed in attracting new jobs, development and investment from around the world and we are excited for the role these new companies will play in our economy and communities in the years to come. There’s no better state in which to write the next chapter in whatever your story is going to be.” MassEcon Executive Director Susan Houston said, “Over the past 10 years, we’ve welcomed nearly 150 new companies to Massachusetts, and the 17 we are recognizing today are terrific additions to the Commonwealth’s economic landscape. We look forward to supporting their growth.” Houston highlighted two made-in-Massachusetts companies: Sanofi Genzyme, formed in 1981 and today the largest biopharma company in the Commonwealth with 5,000 employees; and Kronos, founded in 1977 by an MIT alumnus, and today is a technology leader in cloud-based human relations solutions, with 1,500 employees in its Lowell headquarters and 5,300 employees worldwide. Sanofi Genzyme Executive Vice President Bill Sibold said, “We believe Massachusetts is the best place to start, grow, and develop a company.” Governor Baker was introduced by MassEcon Chairman and Vice President for Academic and Corporate Engagement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Stephen Flavin, noted that these 17 companies collectively absorbed 153,000 square feet of commercial space across the state. Here is the list of 17 new companies, including where they came from and where they located to in Massachusetts since January 1, 2017. • Alexion, Connecticut→ Boston • Asics Creation Studios, California → Boston • Avianca Airlines, Colombia → Boston • CELLINK, Sweden → Cambridge • CILcare, France → Cambridge & Lexington • Fresenius Kabi Compounding, Germany → Canton • Histo-Scientific Research Laboratories, Virginia → Worcester • iboss, California → Boston • IndusPAD, California → Lawrence/Methuen • Level, Spain → Boston • LexaGene, Canada → Beverly • The Muck Boot Company, Rhode Island → Westwood • Mustang Bio, New York → Waltham & Worcester • PainQX, New York → Boston • Smartsheet, Washington → Boston • StemTek Therapeutics, Spain → Cambridge • Tufin, Israel → Boston ABOUT MASSECON MassEcon is a private non-profit entity that serves as the state’s private sector partner in promoting Massachusetts as the premier choice for business growth. Launched in 1993 by the Governor’s Council for Growth and Technology, MassEcon promotes Massachusetts by providing information services to companies seeking to expand or relocate to the state. MassEcon’s services include the Site Finder Service, the Research & Information Service, and the Massachusetts Ambassadors program. MassEcon works to ensure that business stays, grows, and thrives in the Commonwealth. More information can be found at www.massecon.com.
Massport Announces Worcester-Philadelphia Direct Route
Worcester Regional Airport continues to spread its wings on the domestic front, with the announcement this week that American Airlines is starting a direction route between Worcester Regional Airport (OHR) and Philadelphia’s International Airport (PHL) beginning in October. Governor Karyn Polito and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) CEO Thomas P. Glynn made the announcement on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Worcester Airport. They were joined by Patrick Bowes, Manager of Corporate Real Estate American Airlines (AA), Worcester County Sheriff and Chairman of the Massport Board of Directors Lew Evangelidis, and US Congressman Jim McGovern. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called the Worcester Regional Airport “an important tool for connecting Massachusetts’ local economy to the global economy. American Airlines’ investment will provide important support for more economic growth in Central Massachusetts and our administration looks forward to continuing our work with Massport and ORH to make this airport an important connector throughout the region.” American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, plans to operate daily service between Worcester and Philadelphia beginning this October; with a departure from PHL at 8:00 a.m., arriving at ORH at 9:05 a.m. and a return trip departing ORH at 9:30 a.m., arriving at PHL at 10:39 a.m. (flight times subject to change). “We look forward to beginning service between Worcester Regional Airport and Philadelphia International Airport where there are opportunities to connect passengers to numerous destinations across American’s vast network,” said Jason Reisinger, managing director, American Airlines Global Network Planning. “Massport’s investments in Worcester Regional Airport have continued to strengthen the already robust economy of Central Massachusetts,” said Lew Evangelidis, Sheriff of Worcester County & Chairman of the Massport Board of Directors. “By adding more transportation options to Worcester, we are continuing to improve the quality of life for residents and bringing more opportunity to the area.” “The investments being made in Worcester Airport by Massport have been a key ingredient to the successful growth in Central Massachusetts,” said Congressman McGovern. “Worcester Airport keeps our economy strong and this new route will help to attract more businesses, create more opportunities for residents, and bring more dollars to the market here in the Worcester region. Worcester Airport has already helped bring $350 million into our economy and through continued work with Massport, I see this number growing in years to come.” Conveniently located in the heart of Central Massachusetts, ORH offers a modern, spacious terminal, easy curbside drop-off and pick-up, free WiFi, full service food and beverage, and $7 daily or $42 weekly parking. Worcester Regional Airport opened in 1946 and has been providing commercial aviation services in Worcester for over 70 years. “Massport has continually invested in the growth of ORH since we took ownership in 2010 because we believe in the opportunities that connectivity brings to the heart of this great Commonwealth,” said Massport CEO Glynn. “The introduction of American Airlines service to Philadelphia is a clear dividend of that investment and we look forward to seeing what new opportunities this brings to and from Central Massachusetts.” JetBlue currently serves Worcester Regional Airport with daily flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and, beginning May 3rd, JFK International Airport in New York City. Since 2013, over 450,000 passengers have flown with JetBlue to Florida from ORH. A Massachusetts Department of Transportation economic impact study found that Worcester Regional Airport contributes $46.4 million to the regional economy. Worcester Regional Airport serves Worcester County, the second fastest growing county in Massachusetts, along with the Boston Metro West region and the bustling Interstate 495 corridor.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Initiative for Innovative Solutions to Marine Economy Challenges
The Baker-Polito Administration awarded a total of $4,150,000 for five marine infrastructure projects, and a new initiative, the SEC Grand Challenge, to leverage Massachusetts’ innovation economy for the benefit of our coastal communities. The Seaport Economic Council will make up to $500,000 available to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) to support innovative solutions for marine and coastal communities. The Seaport Economic Council approved the awards at today’s meeting in Quincy, which was chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has awarded $28 million through 61 grants in 36 Coastal Communities. Governor Baker said, “We are thrilled to see the Seaport Economic Council partner with the MassTech Collaborative to better connect our communities with cutting-edge innovation, and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop new technologies directly with partners in the marine economy. Massachusetts continues to be a vital testing ground for new technologies, and we are excited for our coastal communities to reap the benefits.” Lt. Governor Polito called the Seaport Economic Council “a vital resource for our coastal communities and we are proud of the work it has done since 2015. The Grand Challenge will help connect entrepreneurs and technology companies with non-profits, research institutions and municipalities to develop transformative solutions.” The Grand Challenge Program represents an opportunity to offer innovative solutions to improve marine and coastal community resources in Massachusetts. The Internet of Things (IoT) represents technology and business innovations that can enhance the economic potential of our ocean and coastal resources that contribute to the prosperity of the Commonwealth, and provide potential solutions to today’s environmental challenges. The Grand Challenge will focus on projects that address maritime communications, maritime performance and data analysis, and commercial fishing, and cover a broad range of subjects, including aquaculture, shipping, marine biotechnology, offshore renewable energy, marine robotics and more. The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) will partner with MassTech to fund projects that leverage the strength of IoT technologies to improve our marine and coastal communities. The Grand Challenge will encourage entrepreneurs and technology firms to work with nonprofits, research institutions, municipalities, or other public authorities on the deployment of new and novel IoT-based technology or business solutions to address important opportunities in the Marine Economy. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, who is vice-chairwoman of the Seaport Economic Council, said the group “is committed to helping communities effectively leverage their maritime resources, to create new opportunities for residents, tourists and businesses. This first-of-its-kind initiative in Massachusetts is an exciting opportunity to connect our coastal communities to emerging technologies as we continue to fund vital maritime infrastructure, and reach the full potential of our blue economy.” Seaport Economic Council Awards: Barnstable, Fire and Rescue Training Academy – $300,000 SEC funds will contribute to the cost of a simulator for its shipboard firefighting training program to support the state’s commercial and recreational boating industry and its seaside communities. The simulator will provide maritime professionals and land-based firefighters hands-on experience with marine-related fires and suppression tactics. Harwich, Saquatucket Harbor Landslide Renovation – $1,000,000 SEC grant will help fund the construction of a new Harbormaster Office building with expanded restroom facilities for both the public and slip permit holders. The project will also include a space for a snack building to be leased to a private operator, as well as seasonal booths to be leased and operated by local vendors and artisans. New Bedford, New Bedford HDC Central Command Center – $1,000,000 SEC funds will help fund the construction of a command center for police and fire marine personnel, and create a response/training room for port personnel to ensure coordinated and efficient communications between all agencies responsible for daily port operations and emergency response. With the increased shipping activity as a result of the state’s investment in refrigeration of the State Pier, and the growing maritime economy of the city, it is important to protect vital economic assets in case of marine emergency. Quincy, Quincy Maritime Center – $1,000,000 As a next phase of a 2016 SEC grant for the design of the Houghs Neck Maritime Center, this round’s SEC funds will contribute to the final design, bidding, and construction of the facility. The future facility will provide for safe, public, municipal, and emergency access to the water of Houghs Neck, improve the climate change resiliency of the site, provide improved stormwater treatment, improve public safety support infrastructure, and enhance the safety and accessibility of the site. The project will also address ADA compliance and accessibility. Wareham, Onset Bathhouse Rehabilitation – $350,000 SEC funds will contribute toward renovation costs of the Historic Onset Bathhouse as Headquarters of the Onset Bay Center. The future center is aimed to be a headquarters, community learning center, and boat storage facility. The Center will provide high‐quality on‐the‐water exploration programs for thousands of people every year and engage with community members of all ages and abilities in a variety of activities focused on building a connection with Buzzards Bay.
MASSACHUSETTS SPORTS OFFICE ISSUES 2018 CALENDAR OF ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS
Photo courtesy of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Massachusetts, known as the State of Champions for its longstanding athletic traditions and high-level competition, has issued its annual round-up of popular sporting events throughout the Bay State in 2018. Compiled by Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), the events range from collegiate and amateur tournaments to professional match-ups and iconic annual events. The sports calendar kicks off this Thursday with the 2018 Spalding Hoophall Classic at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The tournament runs from January 11-15 and features some of the nation’s best high school basketball players. A number of iconic sporting events are on the schedule, including the Beanpot Hockey Tournament; Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park; the Boston Marathon; Falmouth Road Race, Head of the Charles Regatta and the Harvard-Yale football game. Plus, NCAA collegiate games are taking place in basketball, hockey and lacrosse. Massachusetts attracts 25 million domestic, 700,000 Canadian and 1.8 million overseas visitors annually, according to MOTT. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com. For year round information on sporting events, visit masportsoffice.com. Spalding Hoop Hall Classic January 11-15 | Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield The top high school hoop players in the nation flock to the birthplace of basketball in Springfield to showcase their talents. Annual Beanpot Tournament February 5 & 12 | TD Garden, Boston Boston’s finest college hockey teams compete for the coveted Beanpot Championship title during one of the longest-running hockey tournaments in college sports. 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional March 23 & 25 | TD Garden, Boston The nation is enthralled by the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament each winter, and Massachusetts is part of the action when it hosts the 2018 East Regional at TD Garden in Boston. 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional March 24 & 25 | DCU Center, Worcester NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey teams hits the ice at DCU Center in a battle to become Northeast Regional Champion and compete in the Frozen Four Tournament. Red Sox Opening Day 2018 April 5 | Fenway Park, Boston Nothing says springtime in Massachusetts like Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park, a Boston tradition dating back to 1912. The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays this year. U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships April 10 – 14 | New England Sports Center, Marlborough Top U.S. adult figure skaters convene in Marlborough, competing to attain the national title in one the six qualifying divisions. 2018 Boston Marathon April 16 | Boston 2018 marks the 122nd time that the best runners in the world gather at the oldest annual marathon in history to complete 26.2 miles and raise charitable funds for worthy causes. 1st USDLDF National Dragon Lion Dance Championship May 25-27 | Quincy High School, Quincye Come enjoy the best of amateur dance competition when the United States Dragon & Lion Dance Federation holds its first ever National Dragon Lion Dance Championships at Quincy High School. 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships May 26-28 | Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, hosts the D1 national collegiate lacrosse competition. Special Olympics Massachusetts June 8-10 | Harvard University & Boston University, Boston 2,000+ athletes with disabilities compete at this inspiring Olympic Games in track & field, gymnastics, power lifting, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Tough Mudder Boston June 23 & 24 | 508 International, Charlton Ten miles, 20+ obstacle courses and hundreds of pounds of mud determine who is tough enough to win it all at 508 International, the actions sports venue in Charlton. Savage Race July 14 | Barre The Savage race in Barre features 25 obstacles over a seven mile course that tests strength, agility and athleticism. The course fluctuates between rolling hills and rocky terrain. New Balance Falmouth Road Race August 19 | Falmouth, Cape Cod The 46th running of the 7-mile Falmouth Road Race attracts 11,000 + runners from throughout the world, including elite Olympians and wheelchair champions. 2018 Dell Technologies Championship August 31 – September 3 | TPC Boston, Norton The most famous names in golf gather on Labor Day Weekend to play at the beautifully scenic TPC Boston course, one of the stops along the PGA Tour. Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement September | Basketball hall of Fame, Springfield Before every new NBA season, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrines the legends of the game in the city where basketball was born. In September, the Class of 2018 is being inducted into the elite club. 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta October 20 & 21 | Charles River, Boston & Cambridge For two days, elite collegiate and amateur rowers from around the world gather on the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge to compete in this classic contest of endurance, strength and speed. Volleyball Hall of Fame Enshrinement November | Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke The International Volleyball Hall of Fame inducts the 33rd class of elite athletes, coaches and leaders into its hallowed halls in Holyoke, where volleyball was invented in 1895. 135th Harvard-Yale Football Game November 17 | Fenway Park, Boston The nation’s most iconic collegiate football game between Ivy League powerhouses is being played at Fenway Park, the first time it has been played outside of Harvard Stadium or the Yale Bowl since 1912.
Discover Central Massachusetts Promotes Worcester’s Growth as a Visitor Destination
Discover Central Massachusetts, a regional tourism council organization that markets Central Massachusetts as a competitive destination for travel and tourism, conventions, meetings, and events, has a new video extolling the growth of major hotels and restaurants in Worcester. The video appears on Boston Business Journal web site. As the second largest city in New England after Boston, “Worcester is supporting the push to accommodate more group meetings and conventions as well as increasing demand by visitors and employees,” writes Discover Central Massachusetts. “In the past two years alone, 55 new restaurants have received permits to operate in the city, feeding the eclectic tastes of a millennial workforce, burgeoning college population of 40,000 students, and thriving downtown commercial and retail district centered by the nearly-complete $470 million CitySquare project. “New hotels are popping up as the result of this progress, driven by an overall 75 percent occupancy rate sitting well above the national average of 67.1 percent of year-to-date averages for the U.S, according to Smith Travel Research. The arrivals of the AC Hotel by Marriott and Homewood Suites by Hilton added more density within the last year, bringing the city’s hotel stock from seven to nine facilities, and total number of rooms from 745 to more than 1,000.” “As one of Worcester’s newest hotels in 2017, Homewood Suites by Hilton opened in June with a $21 million six-story, 118-room, all-suites hotel specializing in extended stays located in Washington Square across the rotary from Union Station. First Bristol Corporation President James J. Karam said the hotel now has about 35 full- and part-time workers, offering patrons a salt water swimming pool, fitness center, and smaller and larger accommodations. Karam ruled out a large convention space or full-service restaurant opting instead for small meeting spaces to handle 75 people. Karam adds that the hotel is perfect for longer term stays, offering full services including grocery delivery, dry cleaning, direct MBTA commuter rail, and breakfast. And bookings for those rooms are filling up fast. “Everybody is talking about Worcester,” said Karam. “This city knows what it wants.”” For more information, visit Discover Central Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Promotes Its Winter Activities on TripAdvisor
With winter in full flight across New England this weekend, the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) and Massachusetts Ski Areas Association (MSAA) have launched an online advertising campaign on TripAdvisor to promote the Commonwealth’s 12 alpine ski areas. The two-month campaign runs through March 5 and promotes Massachusetts as an ideal destination for beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have declared Friday, January 5 as “Massachusetts Learn to Ski & Snowboard Day” to bring extra attention to winter sports and encourage visitors and residents to support local ski areas. The Massachusetts campaign coincides with National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month in January. The 12 Massachusetts ski areas are offering special learn to ski or snowboard packages this month. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Massachusetts Ski Areas Association and TripAdvisor to highlight our spectacular winter activities and experiences across the state,” says MOTT Executive Director Francois L. Nivaud. “We invite visitors to take a fresh look at Massachusetts snow sports, with plenty to offer beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Beginners can master the art of skiing or snowboarding on pristine slopes and manageable trails, and enjoy all the comforts of cozy and family friendly lodges.” “MOTT has been a great partner in increasing the exposure of our ski areas with this effort,” said MSAA President Paul Maloney, who is also the general manager of Jiminy Peak Resort. “Skiing plays an important role in the state’s overall winter tourism, especially in the western part of Massachusetts.” Learn more about other winter activities in Massachusetts. For year round details on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.
SEAPORT ECONOMIC COUNCIL DISCUSSES EXPANDED FERRY SERVICE ALONG MASSACHUSETTS COASTLINE
Photo Courtesy of Boston Harbor Association Earlier this month, members of the Seaport Economic Council were briefed on a dozen sites which have been identified by stakeholders as having the best potential for new or expanded ferry service by the Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study. Routes between these sites are being analyzed to select the three routes most likely to have financially sustainable service. Business plans for these proposed routes will then be completed next spring. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said the Baker-Polito Administration “believes that by partnering with cities and towns, we can help deliver more sustainable and efficient services to meet the needs of the communities we serve. We appreciate the continued collaboration between all non-profit organizations, businesses and municipalities involved in the Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study.” Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said, “We see water transportation as an important travel option in the future and are pleased to now have possible sites for new or expanded service.” Secretary Pollack chairs the Water Transportation Advisory Council which she has charged with assisting MassDOT in creating a practical and actionable plan for a sustainable Water Transportation network. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, Vice-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “We look forward to continuing to explore increased and new ferry service in the Boston Harbor. Investing and enhancing maritime transport aligns with the Seaport Economic Council’s strategic objectives to leverage the assets of our coastal communities, create new opportunities for residents, and support the blue economy.” Thirty dock sites around Boston Harbor were studied in order to compare multi-modal access, existing infrastructure conditions, travel time savings, and demand from the surrounding market area. Twelve of the thirty locations with the greatest capacity for supporting new or expanded service have been identified for further study. Using the data collected from a stated preference survey conducted in August and September, a transportation demand model will now be run for each location in order to further evaluate possible new routes. In the next phase of the process, several North Shore, South Shore, and Inner Harbor routes will be studied. Expanding existing services from Hingham and Hull will be evaluated in conjunction with the evaluation of new routes from Squantum Point/Marina Bay in Quincy and Fallon Pier on Columbia Point in Dorchester. An Inner Harbor circulator route will be considered among and between combinations of the following sites: Logan Airport and Lewis Mall in East Boston, Navy Yard Pier 4 in Charlestown, Lovejoy Wharf next to North Station, Long Wharf and Rowes Wharf in Downtown Boston, and Fan Pier and World Trade Center East in the Seaport. Continued North Shore services from Salem and Winthrop will be incorporated into the model while Lynn will receive support for implementing a business plan for new ferry service from their Blossom Street Pier. The Seaport Economic Council of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Affairs, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Barr Foundation, the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, and the developers of both the Envoy Hotel and Clippership Wharf are also supporting the study. The National Park Service is funding a connected study that is looking at improved ferry services to the Boston Harbor Islands. Boston Harbor Now President and CEO Kathy Abbott said, “It’s been important from day one that we hear from people around the Harbor and evaluate all of the possible options for the next generation of ferry service. Public engagement and communication has been at the forefront of our work, and we’ve gotten great insights from current and potential ferry users.” The Feedback from the Stakeholder Workshops and Existing Conditions reports which were shared at the Open House can be found online at bostonharbornow.org/water-transportation-study.
Education First Promotes Global Learning
Architectural Rendering of Education First’s New Building in Cambridge The term Global Citizen describes a person increasingly comfortable building a strong identification with the world as a whole. As national borders open to an increasingly globalized society, ease in travel, global trade and advances in technology have allowed for the expansion of cultural, value-based and linguistic exchanges. A company on the frontier of these exchanges is EF Education First, the world’s largest educational organization. Located in Northpoint, Cambridge, EF’s North American headquarters is a 300,000 square foot architectural masterpiece with panoramic views of the Boston skyline. It recently broke ground for a third building at Northpoint that will create 300 new jobs and add public parks to the area. Education First was founded more than 50 years ago by Swedish scholar, Bertil Hult, who spent time in England with a mission to learn the English language. From his British experience, Hult deemed experiential learning as the most effective method for learning a language. Over the half century, the vision for experiential learning continued to grow as EF developed its mission to promote language, education, travel and cultural exchange on a global scale. Today the company operates in 116 countries, has 539 office and schools and employs 46,500 employees across all continents. EF opens up the world to a greater number of people from multiple backgrounds through its strong repertoire of products. Each product offers adventurers the ability to explore diverse cultures, embark on unforgettable journeys and study at one of EF’s academies or at the award-winning Hult International Business School. On October 2, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker attended the groundbreaking of EF’s third new building, praising the company for its commitment to learning. “There is unity in what you do. You bring cultures together. You bring people who don’t know each other together. You bring people from different walks of life together. You do exactly in this day and age which we need most of all – which is people who know how to find common ground and help people build on it,” Governor Baker said. “Today’s groundbreaking is an important moment for EF that also highlights how public-private partnerships can lead to economic development, jobs and the creation of beautiful public spaces that benefit our staff and students as well as the residents of Cambridge and Boston,” said EF’s North American CEO Dr. Edward Hult. Why Massachusetts The inclusive and experiential nature of the company found its home in Cambridge, a neighborhood blooming with diversity, creativity and world-class education. Within the company’s open and communal office space, EF employees display a commitment to innovation and civic engagement that mirrors the City of Cambridge ethos. Recently, the company opened a public wellness space close to its property in East Cambridge. Vice President of EF Properties, Shawna Marino, tells Boston Magazine, “Living a healthy lifestyle is one of our strong focuses here at EF. We are just so thrilled to share this part of our culture with the community.” According to EF, the new 300,000-square-foot, 12-story building will be designed to a LEED Gold standard and is scheduled to open in late spring 2019. The ground floor will be completely dedicated to public space with a mix of uses throughout the upper floors, including new student housing for the independent, nonprofit Hult International Business School, general office and administrative space, and above-grade parking. The ground floor will include a public fitness center with a rock climbing wall, a small café, public restrooms, and hundreds of new public bike parking spaces. EF’s communal company culture also resonates beyond its office block. EF is an active agent in the Greater Boston community as employees regularly donate their time in community service projects. Such projects include Charles River clean-up on Earth Day and the EF Cares volunteering club that works with EF’s on-site chef to cook meals for local families. EF’s Annual Holiday drive collects donations for Greater Boston Food Bank, Big Brother Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Cultural Care Kids First Foundation. Education First fosters a commitment to global experiential education and service that is unparalleled. In its quest for knowledge, education, innovation and excellence, EF emulates the true spirit of Massachusetts.
New Bedford Regional Airport Launches Holiday Flights to Vero Beach, FL
Elite Airways is launching a Holiday flight between New Bedford Regional Airport in Massachusetts and Vero Beach Municipal Airport in Florida between December 16, 2017 and January 1, 2018. This is the first commercial jet service out of New Bedford in nearly three decades, according to local officials. The 70-passenger Bombardier CRJ-700 and 50-passenger CRJ-200 jets offer non-stop service. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50 pounds, and no ticketing change fees. Elite Airways is also pet friendly, according to the airline officials. In a story written by Michael Bonner for SouthCoastToday.com, New Bedford, Airport Manager Scot Servis said the new service is “a nice moment to celebrate, but there’s still a lot of planning to do and getting more airlines interested. Getting the first airline here and interested is the first high hurdle to clear. It starts to build a track record when we talk to other airlines to come.” Founded in 2006, Elite Airways provides scheduled passenger service to destinations throughout the country, operating in markets that are underserved within the National Transportation System. This brings a unique opportunity to New Bedford and the surrounding communities. Elite Airways President John Pearsall told SouthCoastToday, “We were looking for a Boston-related airport that did not have service into it. We look at New Bedford and think we’ve got, for what we do for our customers, the best of both worlds. You’ve got access to Boston. You’ve got access to the Cape. And you’ve got access to Rhode Island. We think it will be a total home run.” An Inaugural Flight ceremony is taking place on Saturday, December 16, prior to the first flight leaving for Florida. Holiday Schedule: SOUTHBOUND: New Bedford, MA to Vero Beach, FL: Saturday, Dec. 16: Depart EWB 10:00 a.m. Arrive VRB 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m. NORTHBOUND: Vero Beach, FL to New Bedford, MA: Saturday, Dec. 23: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m. Find information on visiting at Destination New Bedford.
GOVERNOR BAKER, MASSPORT WELCOME FIRST NON-STOP SERVICE BETWEEN BOSTON AND BRAZIL
Caption: Bob Kraft, Tom Glynn, Governor Baker, Glivânia Maria de Oliveira and Pablo Chiozza. Photo by Maria Speridakos, MOTT Massachusetts continues to expand its global presence in tourism, business, education and innovation with the news of a direct-air route on LATAM Airlines Brazil between Boston’s International Airport and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, beginning on July 2, 2018. Governor Charlie Baker and Massport CEO Tom Glynn made the official announcement on Friday, December 8 at Logan’s International Terminal E. They were joined by Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group Robert Kraft, Brazilian Consul General in Boston Glivânia Maria de Oliveira and LATAM’s Senior VP for North America, the Caribbean and Asia Pablo Chiozza. In addition to the official pronouncements, guests at the terminal enjoyed musical performances by local Brazilian groups. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts’ global community is home to a large and vibrant Brazilian population and the Baker-Polito Administration is committed to promoting access to economic opportunities and growth for all of the Commonwealth’s diverse communities. This new, nonstop flight to Sao Paulo will continue to advance Massachusetts’ growth through tourism and the expansion of global business connections for our residents, employers and visitors.” Next July, LATAM Airlines’ flight JJ8165 will depart Boston Logan International Airport at 6:05 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, landing at São Paulo’s Guarulhos airport at 5:25 a.m. The return flight, JJ8164, will depart from São Paulo at 11:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, landing in Boston at 9:10 a.m. (all times listed are Eastern Standard Time). A Boeing 767 aircraft will operate the route with capacity for 191 economy passengers and 30 Premium Business passengers. Massport CEO Tom Glynn said, “Connecting New England with the global economy is a key part of Massport’s mission. We are excited to welcome LATAM to Logan to provide this service that will connect not only our economies, but families and students as well.” LATAM’s Senior VP for North America, the Caribbean and Asia Pablo Chiozza said, “São Paulo offers unrivalled connectivity for passengers travelling from Boston and beyond…whether the trip is for business or pleasure.” Bob Kraft said the direct-route service “will provide new opportunities for commerce and economic growth, a critical component to maintaining our competitive advantage on a global scale.” Brazilian Consul General to Boston Ambassador de Oliveira said the new route “will lead to mutual benefits in many areas such as trade, investments, culture, academic cooperation, medicine, sports and tourism.” São Paulo will be the 55th international destination to be served by Logan through its newly upgraded International Terminal E. LATAM will operate year-round service from Boston to São Paulo, a city of almost 12 million people, the financial capital of Brazil and the largest healthcare hub in Latin America. The state of São Paulo is a hub for education much like Massachusetts and is home to more than 500 universities. Massachusetts is home to the second largest foreign born Brazilian population in the United States with over 60,000 residents; Brazilians also make up two percent of the population of Boston. Four of the top ten cities with the most residents born in Brazil are in Massachusetts; Everett, Framingham, Marlborough and Malden. Additionally, according to The New York Times, Massachusetts residents are more likely to visit Brazil than anyone else in the United States. During the past decade, the number of international nonstop destinations from Logan has more than doubled from 27 to 55 and international passengers now account for 18 percent of its travelers. International passengers are predicted to be the fastest growing component of airport business. In 2016, 6.5 million international passengers traveled through Logan’s Terminal E. Along with its 55 international destinations, Boston Logan also offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and served more than 36 million passengers last year. Logan has nonstop flights to South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. From Boston, passengers can fly nonstop to more than 32 countries. To learn more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Issues “5 Things Winter” Guide for Visitors
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has released its seasonal brochure, 5 Things Winter, a birds-eye view of winter activities for visitors coming to Massachusetts from December through March. Suggestions range from Romantic Getaways, Outdoor Adventures and Spa & Wellness facilities to seasonal holidays like Christmas/Hannukah, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and a variety of winter events such as wine festivals, film festivals and sports. A Made in Massachusetts section offers ideas for finding local artisans and hand-made products. Read the PDF here or read the digital booklet below. For year round details on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Ice Skating Season in Massachusetts Attracts Visitors and Local Residents
Image: Worcester Oval Massachusetts kicked off its ice skating season recently, opening up outdoor and indoor rinks across the Commonwealth. Skating is a favorite pastime for generations of local residents and visitors to the Bay State. “Boys and girls begin to skate almost as soon as they are able to walk, and one of the first Christmas presents a child receives…is a pair of skates,” wrote The Boston Globe in a story on January 5, 1896 entitled Origin of Skating. “The meadow ponds and the frozen hollows in the hills are the favorite resorts.” Over Thanksgiving Weekend, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced the start of its annual ice skating season at 42 agency rinks across the Commonwealth. Find the DCR ice skating rinks closest to you. Among the most popular places to skate outdoors includes the Boston Common Frog Pond, the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink, and the Kendall Square Skating Rink in Cambridge and Boston City Hall Outdoor Skating Path. Other spots around Massachusetts include Worcester Common Oval and Winter Skate at Patriot Place in Foxborough, and various rinks on Cape Cod. A great resource for learning to skate is the Skating Club of Boston. Winter sports is a key element of the Commonwealth’s four-season tourism outreach. In 2016 approximately 220,000 domestic, 10,000 Overseas and 10,000 Canadian visitors participated in snow sport activities in Massachusetts, for a total of 240,000 visitors, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “The January-March quarter accounts for about 13% of traveler spending in Massachusetts, or approximately $2.8 billion this year,” said MOTT Executive Director Francois Nivaud. “The 240,000 visitors who enjoyed snow sports in Massachusetts last winter spent just under $100 million.” Visit MassVacation.com for more information on winter sports.
MASSDOT, MASSPORT, MBTA READY FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
“Plan ahead, be prepared and ease frustration while traveling this holiday season” is the message delivered today by the state’s leading transportation agencies leading up to Thanksgiving. Today, officials from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) gathered at Boston’s South Station to offer travel tips and to remind travelers that the roads and skies will be crowded in the days leading up to and after Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday, November 23. Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack advised travelers “to plan their trips in advance to find the most appropriate mode, route, and time to travel and help decrease congestion and reach their destination in an efficient manner.” Secretary Pollack urged travelers to utilize real-time technology such as 511 or MassDOT’s GoTime app to view live traffic conditions to help determine the best route and timing of travel. She also encouraged the public to take public transportation to Logan Airport and check mbta.com for updated transit schedules. A record 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines between Friday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 28, according to Airlines for America. The busiest travel day will likely be Sunday, November 26. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn vowed to “do everything we can to ease the travel experience for everyone flying this holiday season. This week kicks off the busiest time of year at Logan and though we will have extra staff on hand to help out, we encourage everyone to plan ahead to help make their time travelling as smooth as possible.” Massport encourages travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport for the most updated flight status and travel information. Parking is expected to be around capacity during the Thanksgiving travel period and travelers are urged to use public transportation to get to the airport and other destinations. Logan Express serves five locations including Peabody, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree and Back Bay. In addition, the MBTA Silver Line 1 is adding additional service through Monday, November 27. As always, outbound service from Logan Airport to the South Boston Seaport District and South Station is free. MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez said “passengers are encouraged to stay connected by checking schedules available online, following us on Twitter @MBTA and @MBTA_CR, and using the Transit app. We wish a safe and happy holiday for all passengers travelling within our system and beyond.” General Manager and CEO of Keolis Commuter Services David Scorey said the commuter rail “will be increasing the capacity on some of our key rush hour commuter trains next Wednesday. The commuter rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and we would like to remind passengers that posted times are trains’ departure times.” Here is a summary of travel tips: • Download MassDOT’s Go Time travel app at www.MassDOTgotime.com. • Visit www.Mass511.com to view live cameras, route conditions, and traffic information. • Call 511 to learn about travel conditions before heading out onto the roadways. • Check mbta.com for more information on train schedules. Thanksgiving Day will operate on a Sunday schedule. • Airline apps can provide helpful real-time alerts and tips for air travelers. • Allow extra time to check in and get through security and always check their airline flight status before leaving for the airport; • Subscribe to get automated parking updates at www.massport.com/logan-airport/parking-information/; • If you have any questions about what is prohibited in your luggage, go to www.tsa.gov Be sure to follow any of partner agencies on Twitter @BostonLogan, @MassDOT, @MBTA, @MBTA_CR, @MassRMV and @visitma. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Head Of The Charles Regatta ® Celebrated in New Exhibit at Logan Airport
Massport announced a new exhibit at Boston Logan International Airport’s Terminal B celebrating the 53rd annual Head of The Charles Regatta. One of the world’s preeminent rowing competitions, The Regatta draws more than 11,000 rowers and tens of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Charles River. The new exhibit covers over 150 feet of wall space and features 17 oars highlighting different rowing clubs around Boston. Eight backlit panels feature rowing terms, black and white race photos and history of the course and race. The exhibit also includes two boats on display, a single scull and an eight-oared shell, with details on their build and components. Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn called the new exhibit “an excellent tribute to the rowing community as the Regatta enters its 53rd year of competition, and we would like to thank everyone involved for helping us create this new space.” The space will also include an exhibit on the history of the Boston Marathon, a collaborative effort between Massport and the Boston Athletic Association. Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles has welcomed the world’s finest crews to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition The event attracts youth, collegiate, masters, para-rowing, international, world champion and Olympic athletes competing in 66 events. This year, rowers from 30 nations competed. Regatta Executive Director Fred Schoch said, “The Regatta is a tradition that brings the world to Boston, so it’s fitting that the event will have a prominent place in the gateway to our city.” Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Director Shannah McArdle called the Regatta “one of our most iconic sporting events that shines a positive light on the collegiate sporting traditions of the Bay State.” Partners for the exhibit include Head Of The Charles® Regatta, Fluid Design, Elite Rowing Inc., Filippi Boats, Concept2, Erik Dresser Photography, Carlos Ridruejo Designs, Pocock Racing Shells, Community Rowing (CRI), Cambridge Boat Club, and Harvard Crew. Architecture for the project was completed by design firm Kleinfelder; construction work was performed by Bond Brothers; and graphics were produced by Design Communications Ltd. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
International Dignitaries visit North Central Massachusetts
Photo: Owen Richardson, VP of Sales & Marketing at Laddawn, welcomes the tour Last week, state officials accompanied members of the New England Consular Corps on an all-day field trip to North Central Massachusetts to learn about the region’s business opportunities, hospitality amenities and local companies. Twenty-five diplomatic and commercial representatives of 16 countries participated to learn about the region’s skilled workforce, quality of life and the advantages of locating a business in North Central Massachusetts Countries represented on the tour included Brazil; Cabo Verde; Columbia; Ireland; Japan; Mexico; Nepal; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; South Korea; Taiwan; Turkey; United Arab Emirates; and the United Kingdom. They visited Quiet Logistics in Devens, to learn about its Quiet Brand Incubator, a new program launched in 2016 to support innovative e-commerce startups; Laddawn, Inc. in Devens, which manufactures recyclable plastic films and bags for industrial, food, medical, and institutional markets; Boutwell Owens of Fitchburg, a manufacturer of printed paperboard packaging; and Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg for a lunch and presentation about the region. The tour finished with a trip to the summit of Mount Wachusett to witness the beautiful fall foliage and scenic views of the region, with a special reception with local business leaders hosted by Wachusett Ski Area. State economic development officials on the tour included Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development & International Trade; Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment (MOITI); Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT); and Peter Milano, Senior Director of Business Development at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. “The Massachusetts Office of Business Development is proud to showcase business opportunities throughout the Commonwealth and the recent tour of North Central Massachusetts with the New England Consular Corps is one of the many ways we spotlight our manufacturing companies, visitor destinations and recreation areas that underscore everything Massachusetts has to offer,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and International Trade. President & CEO Roy Nascimento of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce called the trip “an exciting opportunity to showcase North Central Massachusetts to an international audience of diplomats and business representatives. We have a number of international businesses already thriving in our region and believe that this is a dynamic region to invest and grow a business.” MOITI Executive Director Mark Sullivan said, “Our office works closely with the consular corps year round, and these ongoing visits to different parts of Massachusetts provide a good setting to showcase business and investment opportunities for foreign companies.” Acting Vice Consul Susan Krusell from the Consulate General of Ireland said the tour “enhanced my understanding of all that Massachusetts has to offer…. The businesses showcased were all cutting-edge innovators in technology, manufacturing and sporting hospitality. I was especially impressed by each firm’s leadership and appreciated their openness in sharing why the North Central Massachusetts location benefited employee quality of life as well as the business bottom line. Upon return, I shared information about some firms and the region with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin and partner organizations here in the state.” Executive Director Francois Nivaud of MOTT said the North Central Massachusetts region was a popular destination “for tourists interested in four-season outdoor activities such as foliage tours, skiing and hiking; farm-to-table culinary activities; and dozens of museums and cultural venues in cities and towns.” The tour was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) along with the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and its economic development affiliates the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association (JATA). For more information on the economic development tour, please contact the North Central Massachusetts Chamber at 978.353.7600 ext. 244 or visit northcentralmass.com. To learn about international investment opportunities in Massachusetts, contact Mark Sullivan at MOITI by calling 617-973-8543.
5 Things: Fall in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released a new brochure titled 5 Things: Fall in Massachusetts, a selection of ways to enjoy autumn in the Bay State. Chasing fall foliage; picking apples, pumpkins and cranberries; celebrating Veterans Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving; or enjoying cultural and historical sites – it’s all here in Massachusetts. Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Global Cruise Industry Contributes $486 Million to Massachusetts Economy
A new study from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) indicates that the global cruise industry contributed $486 million to Massachusetts’ economy in 2016, up nearly 10 percent since 2014. CLIA is the largest cruise industry trade association and the leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA’s 2016 Economic Impact Analysis was commissioned by CLIA and conducted by Business Research and Economic Advisors (BREA). It reveals that the cruise industry’s direct expenditures in Massachusetts generated total economic impacts of 7,329 jobs and $483 million in wages and salaries. CLIA President and CEO Cindy D’Aoust said, “The cruise industry is a critical contributor to the U.S. economy and we see evidence of the industry’s positive effect spreading into every state, including Massachusetts.” A reason for the growth, D’Aoust said, was “the continuous improvements Boston has invested in its CruisePort…cruise ships sailing from Boston carried significantly more passengers in 2016. Massachusetts continues to be an important market for the cruise industry.” In June 2017, Massport officially named the its facility Flynn Cruiseport Boston, in honor of former Boston Mayor and Vatican Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn, who jump-started the city’s waterfront in 1986 during his first term as mayor. According to the report, Boston generated 431,000 passenger and crew visits, producing $34.8 million in passenger and crew onshore spending, or approximately $81 per visit. In addition, CLIA’s study reports that tourism-related businesses received approximately $213 million, or 44 percent of the cruise industry’s direct spending in Massachusetts. Another $187 million, or 38 percent of the industry’s direct spending in Massachusetts was spent with businesses in five business segments: food processors, petroleum companies, advertising agencies, insurance agencies and management consulting firms. The remaining 18 percent of direct expenditures in Massachusetts impacted other industries including law firms and business service companies such as computer services, software consulting and marketing, manufacturers of textile and apparel products, and educational and training institutions. Here is the 2017 cruise schedule at Flynn Cruiseport Boston, which ends November 13, 2017. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Tourism Office Creates Thoreau Trail in Concord
Photo Courtesy of RhythmQuietude In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday in 2017, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has created a special itinerary of must-see literary attractions and inspirational places throughout historic Concord. Thoreau’s Concord: A Transcendentalist Journey in Massachusetts, charts the places where Thoreau was born, raised and inspired to create some of America’s most compelling literature, and includes the homes and gathering spots of famous Concord writers including the Alcott family, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Each of the 14 stops along the Trail has been classified as a space for outdoor adventure, a historic home, or farm-to-table dining experience. “This itinerary honoring Concord’s most famous authors is a nod to Massachusetts’ rich literary roots,” says Francois-Laurent Nivaud, executive director of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. “By creating meaningful interactions and immersive travel opportunities for visitors, this is a perfect example of how tourists and industry partners can engage with one another to celebrate our story.” Written in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden has influenced generations of readers while also creating a foundation for the conservation movement across the United States. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation oversees the Walden Pond State Reservation, which includes a new Visitor Center and a replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Walden Pond is open year round. For visitor information about Concord and surrounding cities and towns, go to Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. For details on visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Day is Celebrated at The Big E Fair in W. Springfield
The Big E Fair, one of New England’s most iconic annual events, celebrated Massachusetts Day on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Eastern States Exposition grounds in W. Springfield. One of six original statehouse replicas representing each New England state, the Massachusetts State Exposition Building showcases the finest in Massachusetts agriculture, culture, commerce, and tourism through informational, educational, promotional and retail exhibits. Governor Charlie Baker called Massachusetts Day “a perfect opportunity for fairgoers to learn about the many diverse businesses here in Massachusetts producing high-quality local products….We encourage all residents to visit The Big E and buy local, whether from the Massachusetts Building or your local farmers’ market.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said Massachusetts Day “is an opportunity to celebrate Massachusetts farms and our focus on selling fresh food products to people across the Commonwealth.” Public officials and organizers held a brief speaking program on the front lawn of the Massachusetts Building to usher in Massachusetts Day. Among the speakers were Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux, Assistant Secretary for Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham, and Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Francois-Laurent Nivaud. Assistant Secretary Pham said the Made in Massachusetts theme that characterized The Big E since 1917 “remains a central part of the Bay State’s 21st century narrative.” MOTT Executive Director Nivaud presented a Massachusetts Day proclamation from the Governor’s Office to Gene Cassidy, president & CEO of Eastern States Exposition and The Big E. The state’s tourism industry used Massachusetts Day as an opportunity to share vacation literature with the thousands of visitors who attended The Big E On display were agricultural commodity groups and commercial vendors set up to sell and promote Massachusetts products such as maple syrup, Finnish pancakes, bread pudding, honey, dairy products, fruit, wine, lobster rolls, chili and variety of baked goods. In addition, Massachusetts small businesses sell locally made goods such as braided rugs, hand crafted candles, soaps, chocolate and jewelry. Nivaud urged attendees to visit the tourism pavilion in the Massachusetts Building, “where our staff and volunteers can share their knowledge about vacation destinations, itineraries and travel offers to make your visit to Massachusetts unforgettable.” Photo: MOTT staff Ricky Guillaume & Phyllis Cahaly at The Big E. A highlight of this year’s Massachusetts Building is a Dr. Seuss-themed installation celebrating the new “Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum” at the Springfield Museums. It includes historical information on the creator of the books, Theodore Seuss Geisel, and how his childhood in Springfield, MA influenced the imagery and themes of his popular books. “It is an honor to be featured in the Massachusetts Building,” said Springfield Museums President Kay Simpson. “We are excited to represent one of the many reasons Massachusetts is a great place to be.” The Big E runs through October 1, 2017. For information about visiting Greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley, go to ValleyVisitor.com. To visit Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Tourism Office Issues MassJazz Guide Celebrating Jazz in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released its 2017-2018 MassJazz Guide showcasing the Bay State’s vibrant year-round jazz scene of festivals, concerts, night clubs, jazz brunches, college courses and radio programs. Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito write in their welcome letter to MassJazz, “As America’s most original art form, jazz inspires us through its creativity, inclusion and global perspective. We you hope enjoy the music and that you are inspired by all that Massachusetts has to offer.” The free, 40-page MassJazz Guide includes stories on celebrated jazz musicians such as bassist Esperanza Spalding and pianist Yoko Miwa, jazz singer and radio executive Amanda Carr of WICN-FM and the New England Jazz Hall of Fame in Worcester. Berklee College of Music’s new partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory in China is covered, along with the upcoming Beantown Jazz Festival and other festivals in Massachusetts this fall. Jazz promoters such as Fred Taylor, Berkshires Jazz, Woods Hole Jazz Series, Northampton Jazz Series, John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Mandorla Music are profiled, along with WGBH-FM’s award-winning jazz programs. The 2017-2018 issue features notable Boston jazz clubs such as Les Zygomates Wine Bar, Darryl’s Corner Kitchen + Bar and Slade’s Bar & Grill, while also listing jazz brunches throughout the state. The MassJazz Guide is available for free at visitor kiosks, college campuses, and venues where live jazz is performed. Read the digital 2017-2018 MassJazz Guide online, and find ongoing information on live jazz in Massachusetts at MassJazz.com and the Mass Jazz blog. For more information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com
Smithsonian Magazine Offers Free Guest Passes to 40 + Massachusetts Museums on September 23
Over 40 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions across the Bay State are opening their doors for free this Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian Magazine‘s annual Museum Day Live! According to the Smithsonian, “In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.” The Museum Day Live! website allows participants to register and download the tickets online. Here are FAQs for further information. In 2016, over 200,000 people downloaded tickets to museums across the US for the Museum Day Live! events, according to the organizers. In Massachusetts, museums are cultural anchors for local residents and schoolchildren in the state’s 351 cities and towns. Museums are also in the Top 10 of tourist activities in Massachusetts. Find out more about Massachusetts museums by visiting New England Museum Association or museum listings on massvacation.com.
Lafayette Trail Unveils Historic Treasures in Massachusetts & New England
he Consulate General of France in Boston has designed a Lafayette Trail that celebrates a unique slice of New England history – the 1824-1825 Farewell Tour of Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War. The Trail, available on a Mobile APP, is a great way for residents and visitors re-trace one of the significant tours of a foreign dignitary in 19th century New England history. French historian and geographer Julien Icher, who manages the Lafayette Trail Project, has been traveling throughout New England, researching and documenting each of Lafayette’s steps, focusing specifically on the major landmarks Lafayette visited, the local people he knew from his service during the Revolutionary War, and the various plaques and memorials to honor his visit. Also helping in the development of the Lafayette Trail: American Friends of Lafayette and the Massachusetts Lafayette Society. French heritage and culture is very evident in Massachusetts today. The French Cultural Centre in Boston’s Back Bay provides an authentic French cultural and social experience, hosting lectures, concerts, festivals and educational courses throughout the year. And in 2015, 98,000 French tourists visited Massachusetts, spending $300 million and contributing $12 million in state and local taxes, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. Here is MOTT’s French-language version website visitmass.fr. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
HUBweek 2017 Celebrates Massachusetts’ Innovation Culture
HUBweek, a weeklong festival of ideas and innovation that connects Boston’s iconic history, culture, science, medicine and technology, takes place October 10-15, 2017 in various places around Boston. Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek taps the region’s distinct concentration of intellectual leadership, creativity and ingenuity that has helped make Massachusetts one of the world’s leading innovation economies. One of the compelling features of this year’s HUBweek is a centralized festival site at Boston City Hall featuring signature events, workshops and hackathons, creative gathering spaces, competitions, art installations, and unexpected experiences. The village is being constructed with 60 + shipping containers and contains a geodesic dome larger than Fenway Park’s Green Monster, according to organizers. Register for HUBweek events here. Other highlights of HUBweek include GlobeDocs Film Festival; Immersion: A Nighttime Live Arts Experience; and a Futures Forum that discusses large-scale solutions to global problems. For information about visiting Massachusetts for this year’s HUBweek, go to MassVacation.com.
Why Massachusetts is the most Innovative state in the US
Four Centuries of Innovation: From Mass to the World, a new and recently updated exhibit at Boston’s Logan International Airport, underscores the wide-spread recognition that Massachusetts is the most innovative state in the nation. The telephone and the microwave oven were born here. The first human organ transplant, too. And Massachusetts was the first state with marriage equality, not to mention being the home of the chocolate chip cookie, and Apple’s Siri. The list of firsts is enormous, and few states can come close. The most truly significant of these, from a list of nearly 500 very remarkable Mass Innovations that changed the nation or the world, are profiled in a permanent exhibit sponsored by Massport in the busy walkway between Terminal C (Jet Blue) and Terminal E, (international flights). The exhibit opened last November and, in an effort to keep the exhibit vibrant, current, and compelling, seven new panels were recently added for a total of 56 unique Massachusetts innovations. Seven New Innovation Panels at Logan Airport One of the important insights which we keep hearing from visitors who see the exhibit is that the breakthroughs made here are not largely from a single sector, as might be the case in an industry based city such as Detroit. With their amazing diversity, the most recent seven of our top innovations, clearly illustrates this point: • The healthcare sector –Three-Dimensional Breast imaging instruments have played a large role in ensuring much earlier and more effective cancer treatment, and saved so many lives. • Software – “Automatic word completion” helps people communicate so much faster than always typing every character whether you love it or hate it, especially on smaller, mobile devices. • Planning and Environment — At Revere Beach the concept of a pristine beach, open to all, was first modeled more than a century ago. Located just a few miles from the center of Boston, it influenced the creation of similar shoreline reservations and parks across the nation. • Romance & Sweets — The invention of the first machine to make hard candy (1847) combined with a bit of whimsical humor to create the much-loved Valentine “sweetheart.” Billions of these tiny candies have earned a place in popular culture that has not been relinquished in more than 150 years. • Information Tech – a reading machine engineered by Ray Kurzweil which could read almost any printed text and translate it into sound, empowered visually impaired people and accelerated the general adoption of advanced character recognition, scanners, and modern voice technology. • Travel and Tourism –Tripadvisor started with a simple concept: ask people to give their own opinions about hotels, destinations, transportation services, and more. Thanks to rapid growth – they now get input from half billion people a year – Tripadvisor has become a powerful and indispensable service. Whether it is using technology to fight cancer or helping the visually-impaired, creating new models for public beaches or sharing travel information, Massachusetts is proud of its innovation traditions that benefit so many people around the world. Four Hundred Years of Innovation reminds us how people with ideas, vision, and energy – even in a relatively small state such as Massachusetts – can make a very big difference in transforming and improving life for everyone everywhere. Check out the exhibit the next time you pass through Terminal C and Terminal E at Logan International Airport.
Seaport Economic Council Awards $2.4 Million to Seven Communities in Massachusetts
(Photo: Historic Postcard of Oak Grove Bluff, Swansea) Today the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council awarded $2.4 million for collaborative initiatives in seven coastal communities to improve public infrastructure and promote maritime economic development. The seven cities and towns that received awards include Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Lynn, Plymouth, Rockport, Saugus and Swansea. Governor Charlie Baker said, “Massachusetts’ robust marine economy offers diverse economic opportunities to our coastal communities, from fishing to research and tourism. We are committed to nurturing the growth of these maritime opportunities through the Seaport Economic Council’s resources and community guidance.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said, “The varied needs of our communities are reflected in the awards announced today, from a harbor management plan in Dartmouth, to a lifeguard station in Swansea and a critical sea wall in Lynn. These projects will promote local growth and unlock economic potential.” Earlier this year, the Seaport Economic Council commissioned a comprehensive study of the Commonwealth’s Maritime Economy, which underscored the sector’s importance to the Massachusetts economy. The Blue Economy directly employs 90,000 people, supports over 5,500 business establishments and accounts for $3.4 billion in wages in Massachusetts. The Seaport Economic Council’s investments target coastal infrastructure improvements, planning and innovation efforts to directly support tourism, blue technology, and recreation and commercial assets to further grow this critical sector. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council Carolyn Kirk said, “By improving access to tourist destinations, increasing maritime safety, and developing new economic opportunities for commercial growth in our maritime areas, these investments will support the continued economic development of the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities.” The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Since 2015, the Seaport Economic Council has invested over $24 million in 56 projects across 32 communities. Awards: Dartmouth – $80,000 Dartmouth will develop a Harbor Management Plan to identify areas of concern regarding current management of the harbor. This project will involve a broad group of community stakeholders in the development of the management plan. Fairhaven – $72,000 Fairhaven will fund the Public Safety Marina phase of the larger renovation of Union Wharf. The award will contribute to the costs of infrastructure, fencing, security lighting and engineering oversight. The project will also consolidate the Town’s public safety marine units into one location to improve the overall public safety of the port by increasing efficiency and producing faster response times. Lynn – $1,000,000 Lynn will use this award in the construction of a seawall to support a Harborwalk along the city’s coastline. This will provide a publically accessible connection from the Lynn Heritage State Park to the Lynn Ferry landing. Plymouth – $48,390 Plymouth will use this grant to pay for a new boat ramp for commercial fisherman. The current boat ramp is the second busiest in the state and draws many recreational users whom fishermen must compete with for access to the ramp. This project supports the maritime objectives of the community by providing the necessary infrastructure to support both the existing commercial activity within the harbor and the growing aquaculture industry. Rockport – $102,000 Rockport will use this award to construct a boat landing facility on Straitsmouth Island. This will open up access to the pristine 29-acre island for the first time in over 80 years for boaters, kayakers, hikers, bird watchers and people wishing to tour both the historic lighthouse and the keeper’s house. Saugus – $120,000 Saugus will support the town’s RiverWalk project, which seeks to support and sustain locally based lobstermen by creating new economic opportunities. This funding will help attract local citizens and leisure visitors alike to a newly accessible and inviting Saugus River bank and set the stage for the establishment of new restaurant and retail businesses in the area. Swansea – 1,000,000 The Town of Swansea will use this award to construct a variety of buildings necessary for the development of its coastal infrastructure. This funding will be used to build a lifeguard station, bath house and training facility.
Massport Announces Primera Air Flights between Boston & Europe Starting in May, 2018
Massport continues to expand its international air routes as Primera Air announced three new direct flights to Paris (CDG), London (STN) and Birmingham (BHX) flying to and from Boston Logan International Airport starting in May 2018. Primera Air President & Chairman Andri M. Ingolfsson said that with the new Airbus 321 NEO airplane, “we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircrafts.” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said that Massport “continues to focus on providing more options to our customers as more and more travelers choose Boston Logan International Airport to connect to the globe. We are pleased to welcome Primera Air as our newest carrier.” Over 36.2 million passengers travelers through Logan Airport in 2016, including 6.6 million international passengers. Logan currently has non-stop international service to 54 destinations. Primera’s year-round service begins in May 2018, offering four weekly roundtrip flights to London (STN) and Birmingham (BHX) and three weekly roundtrip flights to Paris (CDG) from Boston Logan. Ticket for these new destinations went on sale July 20, 2017 for as little as $99 one way, taxes included. The aircraft provides two classes of cabin – full-service Premium and low-fare Economy, Wi-Fi and access for all passengers to charge their devices on board. Primera Air operates flights to more than 70 airports in Europe. Primera Air is based in Denmark and Latvia, and is part of the Primera Travel Group that operates travel agencies and tour operating companies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Estonia. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information please visit massport.com.
Baker-Polito Administration Launches 3rd Annual Summer Nights Initiative for City Youth
Photo: Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh celebrate Summer Nights Initiative at Roberts Park. This week Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh kicked off the 3rd annual Summer Nights initiative to increase programming and extend the operational hours of select pools, parks and athletic complexes across the Commonwealth. Joining them at Roberts Park in Dorchester were Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy. Launched in 2015, the Summer Nights Initiative, organized by DCR, benefits youth within the cities of Boston, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Malden, Springfield, and Worcester during summer evenings. Governor Baker said the initiative “offers recreational programs and extended hours at our pools and parks to provide a safe and fun place for all. With over 450,000 acres of public land, including several parks within city neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts, our parks offer perfect locations for kids to get outside and explore nature, many of which are right in people’s backyards.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called the initiative, “an important yearly program for our Administration over the last three years, impacting the lives of children and their families across the Commonwealth. By extending the hours of operations at highly visible and frequently utilized facilities, we are able to help promote a healthy, active lifestyle at an early age for our children.” Mayor Walsh noted that in the summer, “it’s especially important to help kids stay active and safe, in order to keep kids engaged in their communities. They need safe places to have fun both day and night, and DCR’s Summer Nights Initiative provides more opportunities for kids in Boston to do just that. We are thrilled to welcome this valuable program back this summer.” The DCR has also commenced its popular Free Family Flicks movie series, with free movies being screened in select parks across the Commonwealth. The extension of summer operations will continue through August 17, 2017. Here is a full schedule of extended hours and programming for additional youth access. The following 10 water/swimming facilities have extended hours of operations on Thursdays in July until 7:45 p.m. and in August until 7:30 p.m.: • Allied Veterans Memorial Pool (65 Elm St, Everett, MA). • Holland Memorial Pool (108 Mountain Ave, Malden, MA). • Olsen Pool (95 Turtle Pond Pkwy, Hyde Park, Boston, MA). • Sara Jane Sherman Memorial Pool (750 Meadow St, Chicopee, MA). • Southwest Corridor Park Spraydecks (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA). • Bennett Field (Veterans Memorial) Pool (1260 Main St, Worcester, MA). • Lt. Colonel Edward J. Higgins Pool (180 Crawford St, Lawrence, MA). • Ryan Wading Pool (350 River St, Mattapan, Boston, MA). • Melnea Cass Pool (120 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury, Boston, MA). • Vietnam Veterans Pool (339 Eastern Avenue, Fall River, MA). Learn about additional programs available from Mass DCR. To find out more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Five Things: Summer in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released a new brochure titled 5 Things: Summer in Massachusetts, a selection of eight day trips to help you enjoy your summer vacation, as well as tips for family fun, ice cream shops, holiday activities, and highlighted events taking place in Massachusetts. Read the press release on 5 Things Summer for more details. You can find full details on visiting Massachusetts this summer, or any time of year, at MassVacation.com.
Dream or Discover Central Massachusetts This Summer
Fitton Field, Home of the Worcester Bravehearts. Discover Central Massachusetts has issued a new summer video inviting tourists to visit the region this summer. Among the highlights: free summer concerts in the park, tasty cuisine on Shrewsbury Street, and baseball games with the Worcester Bravehearts. Find more about all the Central Massachusetts has to offer at VisitCentralMA.org. For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Lufthansa Air Names Boston its City of the Month, Pays Homage to Thoreau
German airline Lufthansa has named Boston its “City of the Month” by releasing an inspiring short video that takes viewers on a 20 mile trek from downtown Boston to Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden is where 19th century American writer Henry David Thoreau, born 200 years ago this summer, lived out his philosophy of self-reliance. The video was made by videographer Sam Swan, and features local actresses Saili Kline and Krissy Price. The song on the video, Trip to Walden Pond, is the title track to a new album just released by Boston-based fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel Block. It is an original composition. “From the harbor to high rises, from townhouses to treetops, we followed the call of the wilderness in exploring all that is Boston. Care to take a walk with us?” reads the description on Lufthansa’s Facebook page. “Follow us in Thoreau’s footsteps from the buzzing city into the welcoming arms of Mother Nature,” reads the introduction, as the women walk along Boston’s waterfront, North End and downtown before arriving at Walden Pond. The video leaves viewers with the choice: “City or Nature? Whatever your choice is, make it your adventure.” The video has had over 300,000 views. Lufthansa has direct flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and both Frankfort and Munich, Germany, according to Massport. In March, Lufthansa opened its new state-of-the-art lounge in Terminal E at Boston’s Logan Airport. Read Lufthansa’s Travel Guide to Boston. Massachusetts is celebrating the bi-centennial of the birth of Thoreau this summer and fall, with various events planned at Walden Pond, which is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MDCR). For visitor information about the Concord area, go to MerrimackValley.org. To find out what Massachusetts has to offer any time of year, visit MassVacation.com.
Massport Christens South Boston cruise terminal as the Flynn Cruiseport
The Boston Seaport continues to flourish, with record numbers of cruise ships, cargo activities and development taking place along the harbor. State and city officials recently came together to honor the man who started the renaissance back in 1986, former Boston Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Ray Flynn. On May 4, Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport officials, local elected officials, tourism leaders and dockworkers to formally dedicate Flynn Cruiseport Boston at the Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston. Ambassador Flynn was joined by his wife Cathy, children and grandchildren. Governor Charlie Baker said, “We are honored to dedicate this facility in honor of Ambassador Flynn and his service to the people of Boston, our Commonwealth and nation. A proud son of South Boston who worked these docks as a young man and would later become Mayor, Ambassador Flynn saw before many others the opportunity to build the economically vibrant seaport district we stand in today.” Mayor of Boston from 1984 until 1993, Flynn opened the Cruiseport in 1986, and in the first year, 13 ships and a total of 11,723 passengers came to Boston. Fast forward to 2017, and the Cruiseport is welcoming a record 64 homeport calls and 89 port-of-calls. Cruise operations at Massport provide over 950 direct jobs; $25 million in annual local, state, and federal tax revenue and contribute nearly half a billion dollars to the regional economy. Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Today we honor a man whose vision and dedication to this city has led to transformative opportunities to Boston’s Seaport. Ambassador Flynn never forgot his family’s roots in the shipyards of South Boston and he spent his life working to make life better for the people of this city.” Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said that as mayor, Flynn “helped the City of Boston revive its industrial port, preserve blue collar jobs, and left an indelible mark on the history of our great city. It is fitting that his name is now tied to an area of the city which has such a rich history from welcoming immigrant families to the shores of Boston to serving as an Army and Naval base.” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said, “Ambassador Flynn has dedicated his life to the people and resources of South Boston and Massport is proud to play a role in ensuring his legacy is remembered for generations to come.” Other officials who spoke included House Speaker Robert DeLeo, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, and Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty. Also participating was Bill McNamara, Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Association. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was docked at the terminal for today’s celebration, which made its maiden call to Boston last year and is the largest ship ever to call Boston with 4,180 passengers. The ship is one of the newest in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet. Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Seabourn will also offer a variety of Boston-based cruises departing Flynn Cruiseport Boston through November 2017. Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a favorite port-of-call with cruise passengers with a growing variety of itineraries to choose from. Many voyages sail north along the Canada/New England coastline – a fall favorite for New England’s spectacular foliage – or to the Caribbean, the pink sand beaches of Bermuda or across the Atlantic to Europe. Flynn Cruiseport Boston is a recipient of Cruise Insight Magazine’s “Best Turnaround Destination” and “Most Efficient Port Facilities” awards. Five ships are currently home-based in Boston, the oldest continuously operated port in the Western Hemisphere: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn, Holland America Line’s Maasdam, Holland America Line’s Rotterdam, Holland America Line’s Veendam and Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas. Here is the 2017 schedule of cruiseships coming to Flynn Cruiseport Boston. Find out more about Flynn Cruiseport Boston on Facebook at facebook.com/portofboston and follow on Twitter at twitter.com/portofbos. For information about visiting Massachusetts throughout the year, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates the Centennial of President John F. Kennedy
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum opens its new exhibition, JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos, on Friday, May 26. The exhibition chronicles historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as the events of his personal and family life, features a compelling selection of items drawn mostly from the Kennedy Library’s collections. Highlights of the exhibition include family items from his childhood and adolescence; a flag from the PT 109 boat Kennedy commanded in World War II; items relating to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and notes jotted down by the President in preparation of his landmark address to the nation on civil rights. Here is a video tribute to President Kennedy from his daughter Caroline Kennedy and her family. Here are upcoming events commemorating the JFK Centennial in 2017. Located at Columbia Point in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, the JFK Library is one of Massachusetts’ most popular tourism destinations. Since it opened in 1979, over eight million people have visited the JFK Library, including visitors from every US state and from dozens of countries around the world. In addition, 4.5 million people visit the JFK Library online annually. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts War Memorials
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has issued a guide to select war memorials throughout the Commonwealth in advance of this year’s Memorial Day Weekend. Massachusetts residents have an illustrious history of military service, dating back to the Revolutionary War and continuing through today. MOTT’s war memorial brochure features a selection of memorials, ranging from the U.S.S. Constitution in Charlestown, Battleship Cove in Fall River and the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monuments on Boston Common, to the World War II Museum in Natick, World War II Auditorium in Worcester, the War Memorial Tower at Mt. Greylock and the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Boston’s Seaport District. Here is a list of all of the war memorials in Massachusetts. MOTT also provides a Memorial Day round-up of parades and commemorations, including free events at museums and attractions for veterans. You can find more information about various veterans programs in Massachusetts by visiting the Department of Veterans Services. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13, 2017
Across the United States, tourism professionals are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs from May 7-13 2017. First established in 1983, the annual tradition is organized by the U.S. Travel Association, and shines a spotlight on the tourism industry’s economic contributions in terms of direct spending, taxes, job creation and wages. The theme of this year’s Travel & Tourism Week is Faces of Travel, highlighting people who work in the industry. In Massachusetts, the tourism community celebrated Tourism Day on April 7 with an event at the State House. Governor Charlie Baker issued a Massachusetts Tourism Day proclamation extolling economic benefits tourism has on the state’s economy, including 135,000 jobs and $14.4 billion in paid wages. 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 In addition to economic benefits, tourism strengthens the cohesiveness of communities, by showcasing important cultural treasures such as museums, performing arts, culinary programs, shopping and outdoor recreation. And it creates awareness about Massachusetts’ vibrant ethnic communities, college campuses, maritime industry and agricultural riches. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the primary state agency and works with international and domestic partners to promote the state as a year round destination. It also partners with BrandUSA and Discover New England to reach foreign markets around the world. Massachusetts has 16 regional tourism councils (RTCs) across the Commonwealth that promote tourism year round to both leisure and business travelers. Other key partners in promoting tourism include the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which brings in hundreds of professional conventions and conferences each year; Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency that funds the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; and Massport, operator of Logan International Airport, which has 54 direct international flights and 75 direct domestic flights. Enjoy Travel & Tourism Week!
Massachusetts Celebrates Jazz Month & International Jazz Day
Sunday, April 30 is International Jazz Day, which is organized by UNESCO each year to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the world. In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has declared April 2017 to be Jazz Month, a tribute to the state’s vibrant, year-round jazz scene. Governor Baker called jazz “one of America’s most treasured exports, connecting races, cultures and continents.” Here is Massachusetts’ Jazz Month Proclamation. The proclamation coincides with “Jazz Week 2017,” organized each year by JazzBoston, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz year round in greater Boston. Another resource for jazz lovers is MassJazz.com at the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, a year round marketing effort to promote the state’s jazz performance and education. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
State Officials Stocks Half a Million Trout in Bodies of Water Across Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker waded feet first into the Massachusetts fishing season this morning by visiting Jamaica Pond in Boston, helping to stock the pond with nearly 1,000 trout. He was joined by students from the Mary Curley Elementary and Middle School, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson, local legislators, City of Boston Parks & Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook and local fishermen and JP residents. This spring, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is releasing 500,000 trout produced at state-operated hatcheries in Belchertown, Montague, Sandwich, Palmer, and Sunderland. The program helps to supplement existing fish populations and provide greater recreational opportunities while distributing brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout into more than 500 bodies of water throughout the Commonwealth each year. Here is a map of this year’s trout stocking. 2017 spring trout stocking stats: Most of the trout will be over 12 inches Nearly half of the trout will be over 14 inches More than 1,400 brown trout will be over 18 inches More than 600 brook trout will be over 15 inches More than 2000 tiger trout will be over 14 inches Follow Division of Fisheries & Wildlife on Facebook. Massachusetts offers beautiful freshwater lakes, reservoirs, ponds, streams, and rivers for people to fish and enjoy a great day on the water. Fishing is extremely popular in Massachusetts, with nearly 190,000 residents purchasing a freshwater fishing license every year, in addition to 18,000 non-residents who travel here to enjoy the great freshwater fishing opportunities. Those aged 15 or older need a license to fish in Massachusetts inland waters. For residents 15–17 years of age, and those over 70, there is no fee. Those under 15 may fish without a license. A fishing license is available online at MassFishHunt or in person at a license vendor around the state. To find out more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Quincy 400 Initiative Launched to Celebrate the Past & Future of the City of Presidents
The City of Quincy, known as the City of Presidents, has announced its new Quincy 400 initiative, an ambitious and all-encompassing endeavor to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1625. This week, Mayor Thomas P. Koch unveiled the Quincy 400 initiative before a packed room at the Great Hall in Quincy City Hall, by posing the basic question, “Where do we want Quincy to be in 2025?” Koch helped answer the question by discussing key topics that ranged from tourism and economic development to arts and culture, education and transportation. Getting all of Quincy’s historic neighborhoods involved is also a key component of the initiative. “The most important voice will be yours,” Koch said to the residents, when describing how the plans will take shape in the years leading up to 2025. A short video was presented at the meeting, extolling the historical significance of Quincy, with commentary by Governor Charlie Baker, Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough and Mayor Koch himself. The Quincy 400 initiative also has its own website, Quincy400.com, which provides a calendar of upcoming information meetings in Quincy’s various neighborhoods, plus a survey to solicit input and creative ideas directly from residents. The web site will keep people informed of ongoing plans tying into the celebration. Quincy is one of over two dozen cities, towns and neighborhoods that are celebrating a 400th anniversary between 2020 and 2030. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is helping to spearhead a concerted effort to coordinate a variety of plans that launch with the Plymouth400 celebration in 2020.
Massport Launches Direct Flights between Massachusetts and Colombia on Avianca
Massachusetts continues to expand its global connections with the announcement of the new direct route between Boston and Bogotá, Colombia on Avianca . Governor Charlie Baker joined Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn and other officials last week at Logan International Airport to celebrate the 53rd international destination flying out of Logan Airport. The international flights now encompass South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Governor Baker said the airline connection “allows the Commonwealth to maintain its competitive edge and continue to reap the benefits of a culturally and professionally diverse population.” Massport CEO Glynn said, “The addition of nonstop service to Bogotá is another example of Massport’s focus on connecting New England with the global economy.” The Avianca route begins on June 2 and offers year-round service from Boston to Bogotá four times per week on an A319 aircraft. In Bogotá, passengers can conveniently connect to 36 destinations throughout South and Central America through Avianca’s hub. Avianca is the flag carrier of Colombia and the country’s largest air carrier. The second largest air carrier in Latin America, it has been in operations since 1919, making it the oldest airline in the Western Hemisphere. A member of the Star Alliance, Avianca serves over 100 destinations in almost 30 countries with a modern fleet of over 180 aircraft. Yida Ximena Mora Silva of the Boston’s Consulate General of Colombia called the new flight, “an example of how the United States and Colombia continue to develop strong ties that benefit both countries.” The Colombian community in Massachusetts has had significant growth since the 1960s, with over 20,000 Colombians now residing in the Commonwealth. Colombians also make up the 8th largest foreign-born population in Boston, with the majority (75%) residing in East Boston. Sustaining Boston’s competitive edge in international travel is critical to the state’s highly travel-dependent and diversified economic base which is spread across sectors such as information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, education, and medical scientific research and products. International non-stop flights make Boston more attractive to foreign companies to locate U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, said the increase in direct air service “increased Massachusetts’ overseas visitor market by 13% to 1.7 million visitors, bolstering our state economy through direct spending, taxes and jobs.” In addition to the new Avianca route, Massport officials also celebrated the Terminal E renovation and enhancement project designed to improve the passenger experience. The international terminal was expanded by 95,000 square feet, along with renovating three existing gates and adding services to accommodate larger aircrafts. The project incorporates sustainable and resilient design elements and has submitted documentation for LEED Gold certification. Boston Logan International Airport offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 53 international destinations and served more than 36 million passengers last year. The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information please visit massport.com. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates Poetry Month in April
Massachusetts, proud of its longstanding traditions of literature, is celebrating National Poetry Month throughout the Commonwealth in April 2017. The Commonwealth’s poetry tradition stretches back to the 17th century when Anne Dudley Bradstreet was America’s first published poet in 1650. Phyllis Wheatley, an African slave living in Boston, published her poetry during the lead-up to the American Revolution; her first book of poetry was actually published in England though her poetry was all about Massachusetts. The muse continued through the 19th century with writers like Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Boyle O’Reilly, followed by a wealth of great poetry in the 20th century by Stanley Kunitz, Robert Lowell, E.E. Cummings, Ann Sexton, Slyvia Plath, and many others. Massachusetts has an official state poem, called The Blue Hills of Massachusetts by Katherine E. Mullen. Today the poetry tradition is more robust than ever. Thanks to Mass Poetry and other organizations, there are poetry events, readings and competitions throughout the year. Check out these events in the coming weeks that celebrate the written and spoken words of poetry, compiled by Paige Southworth of Emmanuel College. Greater Boston: Boston National Poetry Month Festival 2017 Boston Public Library- Friday (April 7) • 13 Keynote Poets (Winners of Mass Book Award, National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize) Saturday (April 8) /Sunday (April 9) • 50 established/emerging poets • Open Mic • Panel on Craft and Publishing (Saturday Only) Northeastern University- Thursday (April 7) • 2nd Annual High School Poetry Slam Competition North of Boston: Peabody Institute Library-Wednesday (April 19) • Get to Know the Festival Poets: Discussion Series 7-8pm Cape Ann Museum-Saturday (April 29) Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop: Local Poet Gayle Henry will teach participants how to write poetry using the museums artifacts as inspiration 10:30am-12pm 9th Annual 2017 Mass Poetry Festival Downtown Salem (May 5-7) South of Boston: Plymouth Center for the Arts-Sunday (April 9) • The Art of Words: Mike Amado Memorial Series 12 -3pm Cape Cod & the Islands: Wellfleet Library-Saturday (April 29) • Cape Cod Poetry Group (National Poetry Month Discussion on Change & Transition) 1-3 pm Central Massachusetts: Worcester State University (Student Center)-Wednesday (April 12) • Annual Judith O’Connell Hoyer ’65 Poetry Reading 2-4pm Western Massachusetts: Smith College (Poetry Center)-Thursday (April 13)
Massachusetts Celebrates Tourism Day at the State House
Caption: Regional Tourism Councils shared their wares at Tourism Day. (Photograph by Shannon Healey) Tourism officials from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State House on Thursday, April 6 to celebrate Tourism Day in Massachusetts. 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). Representing the Baker-Polito Administration were Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham and MOTT Executive Director Francois-Laurent Nivaud. To kick off the event, Nivaud presented a Tourism Day Proclamation from the Baker-Polito Administration to Susan Nicholl, RTC representative and executive director of Metro West Visitors Bureau. The proclamation praised the tourism industry “for contributing to our year round economic growth, employment and cultural identity.” Other speakers at Tourism Day included 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, was emcee at the event. The officials presented Champion of Tourism awards to State Senator Karen E. Spilka and State Representative Mathew Muratore. The centerpiece of Tourism Day each year is the exhibition of tourism literature and culinary treats from the regional tourism councils. This is where legislators, state officials and the general public have a chance to meet representatives of each tourism region, pick up the latest brochures and maps, and sample the local food and beverage. Among the favorite products this year were clam chowder, cider donuts, Boston creme pies and cupcakes, and Cape Cod chips. 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.
2017 Boston Marathon® to Generate $192.2 Million for Massachusetts Economy
The Boston Marathon, one of the most iconic sporting events in the world, is also a significant driver of the Massachusetts economy, bringing an estimated $192.2 million in spending impacts to the region, according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Now in its 121st year, the Boston Marathon starts in Hopkinton, travels through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline before ending at Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay. Bureau President and CEO Pat Moscaritolo said, “The Boston Marathon and its related events provide an extraordinary kick start for our visitor season. The Boston Marathon is the premier and most beloved event in our city, and region and our community looks forward each year to welcoming runners and media from around the world.” Race officials from the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) estimate 30,000 runners will official participate in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, and 10,000 runners in the B.A.A. 5K race and other local activities. In addition, 1,000 members of the media from 200 outlets are covering this year’s race. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade, said, “The Boston Marathon benefits hundreds of small businesses, who welcome the runners and spectators from 99 countries and all fifty states along the 26.2 mile route. In addition, the global media coverage of the race sheds a positive spotlight on Massachusetts as a place to live, visit, study, or start a business.” Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A., said, “Nearly everyone involved in the events of the week – from 40,000 athletes in the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 5K, to the hundreds of thousands of spectators that line the course, and more than 9,500 volunteers – will patronize local businesses throughout Greater Boston.” Last year, the 2016 Boston Marathon generated $188.8 million (USD) and had an entry field of 30,816 athletes. Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office, said, “Massachusetts is rightly hailed as the state of champions, given its longstanding athletic success in amateur, collegiate and professional sports. The Boston Marathon strengthens our marketing brand and attracts other sporting events to come to Massachusetts.” For an insider’s view of the Boston Marathon, read this profile on Race Director Dave McGillivray in MassFinds. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit baa.org. Find out about visiting Massachusetts at massvacation.com
Ted Cutler, Patron of the Arts in Boston (1930- 2017)
Ted Cutler, patron of the arts, advocate for education, supporter of the parks and friend of the needy in Boston, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at age 86. Governor Charlie Baker said, “His legacy will continue to live on through his many philanthropic contributions and his deep commitment to the people of the Commonwealth. His kindness, generosity and compassion will be sorely missed.” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Boston has lost a philantropic giant. We will work to ensure his legacy continues to shine a light on the city of Boston.” One of Boston’s leading philantropists, Ted Cutler’s generosity ranged from helping to feed the hungry to underwriting the holiday lights on Commonwealth Avenue Mall. His main passion was for the performing arts and for Emerson College, his alma mater. Among his most recent contributions to the people of Massachusetts was the free, outdoor festival, Outside the Box on Boston Common, which featured hundreds of performing artists, musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and actors. The annual festival was popular with residents and tourists alike. Read more about the vision for Outside the Box here, and also tributes to Ted Cutler from his friends and admirers.
Award-Winning Digital Displays at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Check out the new video on digital displays from Signature Boston, the marketing arm of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. This is the fourth video in Signature Boston’s Technology series: previous segments presented Technology Leadership, Wireless Connectivity, and Network Infrastructure. Learn more about Signature Boston’s Technology Support program. Here is a schedule of upcoming conferences and conventions at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center.
Massachusetts Celebrates Irish Heritage Month
To celebrate the Commonwealth’s largest ethnic group, Governor Charlie Baker issued a 2017 Irish Heritage Month proclamation that highlights the storied history, culture and accomplishments of the Massachusetts Irish. Irish-Americans represent the largest ethnic community in the Commonwealth, with 20.5% of all residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to the US Census. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism compiled a blog of Irish activities taking place in every corner of the Commonwealth, including cultural activities, special events, parades, commemorations and celebrations to mark St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17 each year. Find year round information on visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
5 Things Spring in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism offers great ideas for visitors to the Commonwealth this spring: flower shows and botanical gardens; outdoor hikes and scenic jaunts; road races and marathons; and special holidays, including Passover & Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and Patriots Day, Memorial Day and Bunker Hill Day. Read about it here or see the booklet below: For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
U.S. News & World Report Names Massachusetts #1 State in America
U.S. News & World Report debuted its Best States rankings this week and Massachusetts was ranked the #1 State in the United States. The rankings are based on various factors, such as education health care, infrastructure, government economy, opportunity and justice. The project includes 28 rankings using 68 metrics, 26 data sources and 10,000 data points. Here is a summary of all 50 states. Massachusetts’ highest rankings include: # 1 Educational Attainment #1 College readiness #2 Medicare quality #3 Pre-K to 12th grade “Massachusetts is a great place to live, work and raise a family because of the strength and character of all those who call the Commonwealth home,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Everyone should be proud that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care access and public education for all citizens, and our administration will continue to build on these accomplishments to bring more economic success to every corner of Massachusetts.” In an interview on CBS This Morning, Governor Baker joined Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for the Report, to discuss the Commonwealth’s #1 overall ranking. “We have a lot of great schools” in Massachusetts, Governor Baker said. “That has led to a whole series of terrific, what I would call ecosystems around technology and healthcare and finance and education. You put it all together, in this day and age, in this kind of global economy and global world we live in, and it’s a terrific mix.” Health care factored into the state’s high rankings, according to the Report. In 2015, 96.4% of residents had health care insurance, the highest in the country, and the health care industry contributed $19.77 billion to state’s economy. Massachusetts also ranked first in Broadband access, and was also cited for its low unemployment and rate of new business growth, ranking second in the nation for new patents. “We also do have a bipartisan approach to working together,” Baker said. “People are okay with the ideas of compromise and collaboration. If you look at the success we’ve had policy-wise in the education, health care, and economy spaces, energy and a whole bunch of others, they’ve all been done on a bipartisan basis.” Reporter Visi Tilak, who wrote the Massachusetts summary, wrote, “Its vibrant academic environment, innovative and supportive health care policies and modernizing economy, measure for measure, make this small New England powerhouse with a population of 6.8 million the strongest state of all.” Tilak concluded that the indicators “point to a promising future for a state presently ranked No. 1 overall, a state whose fabric is woven with the modern and traditional, immense range and diversity, a formula that allows for tremendous innovation and growth.” Find out about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council Awards $5 Million to 13 Communities
Port of New Bedford. Photo courtesy of New Bedford Tourism & Marketing Office. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council announced a total of $5 million in awards for 13 coastal communities. The grant awards advance collaborative initiatives to improve public infrastructure and promote maritime economic development in a wide array of coastal cities and towns. Governor Charlie Baker called the Blue Economy “an integral component of Massachusetts’s long-term economic growth, in sectors as diverse as robotics and commercial fishing. These investments will help modernize and repair vital infrastructure in New Bedford, encourage research and development in Falmouth, and generate maritime economic growth from Gloucester to Tisbury.” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said that Massachusetts “has built a globally competitive economy on our ability to leverage the Commonwealth’s unique strengths, skills, and physical assets. The Seaport Economic Council gives coastal communities the tools to advance collaborative work and community-based plans that will encourage sustainable growth.” Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council, said the Baker-Polito Administration “remains committed to supporting our 78 coastal cities and towns by making investments in waterfront planning and coastal assets which generate economic development.” Here is a link to the 2017 grant recipients of the Seaport Economic Council. The Seaport Economic Council advances the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for communities and residents across the state by leveraging unique economic assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.
West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism and business
The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity — West Mass — in Holyoke on February 8, 2017. Here is what West Mass is about, according to the organizers of the initiative: “West Mass is a culturally rich, northeastern region characterized by the synergy of three distinct and exceptional counties: Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden. Within 40 miles north to south, it is a rural pioneer frontier and eclectic academia hub and an urban economic center. There is no region more fertile for the creation and fulfillment of ideas and experiences. It’s where things are done for the first time.” View this two minute video on WestMass by Steve Porter, a Holyoke-based video producer Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Visitors Bureau, told Masslive.com that the word “maverick” is part of the new branding for the region. “A maverick is someone who is pushing out there to do something first. The city of firsts,” Wydra said. “This campaign is about firsts. Your first visit. Your first time shooting a basket at center court in the Hall of Fame. Your first job. Your new company’s first office at Open Square.” For further details, visit WestMass.com. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Declares ‘New England Patriots Day’ on February 7, 2017
New England Patriots Day Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker Whereas February 7th, 2017, marks parade day once again in Boston to honor an amazing win in Super Bowl LI and the historic run over the past 16 years by the New England Patriots; and Whereas No team playing in the Super Bowl had ever overcome a deficit greater than 10 points, the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to erase Atlanta’s 25-point advantage; and Whereas Under the tutelage of Coach Belichick and his magnificent staff, Tom Brady and his teammates orchestrated the most miraculous comeback win in Super Bowl history; and Whereas Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards, cementing his legacy as the GOAT; and Whereas Bill Belichick, having taken the Patriots to 11 conference championships in 16 years, eclipsed former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll as the winningest Super Bowl coach, running his record to 5-2 on sport’s biggest stage; and Whereas Dont’a Hightower’s forced fumble, Trey Flower’s sack, Julian Edelman’s gravity defying catch, and James White’s stand out performance, coupled with the offensive line’s resilient protection and a host of other key player contributions, are a hallmark of the New England Patriots concept of a “team win”; and Whereas Under the Kraft Family’s leadership, “doing your job” is not only a saying but a way of life – the New England Patriots have collectively become the region’s greatest role model for fans watching from Maine to Connecticut and everywhere in between; and Whereas New England and Boston sports have a rich and lasting history punctuated by an unprecedented run over the past 16 years across all the region’s professional sports, and the New England Patriots are known as the architects of this historic run; and Whereas Since the founding of this nation, Boston has been the birthplace of patriots and game changers, the New England Patriots have proudly carried on this tradition, heralding in a new generation of Patriots and Patriots fans, Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim February 7th, 2017, to be, New England Patriots Day And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance. Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Seventh Day of February, in the year two thousand and seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and forty-first. By His Excellency Charles D. Baker Governor of the Commonwealth Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Governor Baker announces budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018
(Photo courtesy of State House News) The Baker-Polito Administration filed its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal on January 25, 2017. The $40.508 billion spending plan funds key priorities including local aid, education, workforce development, housing and homelessness services, and substance misuse prevention programs, while keeping spending in line with recurring revenues and does not raise taxes. See video on the budget proposal, with comments by Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. “This budget reaffirms our commitment to the hardworking people of the Commonwealth to propose a balanced budget that significantly invests in education, workforce development and funds to fight the opioid epidemic—without raising taxes,” said Governor Baker. “While practicing fiscal discipline and reining in spending, we are also pleased to introduce new initiatives like the ‘Learn to Earn’ program to shrink the unemployment and underemployment gap in our state and a $4,000 tax-credit for employers hiring an unemployed veteran. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature so that we can all make Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and raise a family.” Read more information on the Governor’s filing letter, budget message and specific account informmation.
Governor Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth Address
This week, Governor Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Members of the audience included Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, members of the House and Senate, state officers, business leaders and community groups. “Our economy is among the strongest in the nation,“ Governor Baker told the assembled guests. “Over the past two years we’ve added 120,000 jobs. Today more people are working than at any time in the past 20 years. The companies of the future are moving to Massachusetts, bringing millions in private investment, while new companies are born here every day. In fact, for the second year in a row, Bloomberg named Massachusetts the #1 state for innovation. “It’s not an accident that Massachusetts is such an attractive place to do business. It’s a reflection of the quality of our people and the business climate we’ve created,” he said. Governor Baker also spoke about the progress being made on energy in Massachusetts. “Together, we passed landmark legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining a competitively priced and reliable supply of energy. And we’ve built on those efforts by issuing an Executive Order on Climate Change that directs state government to work with local governments, business, and non-profits to develop plans to further protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” In terms of making government more efficient and more accessible to businesses and citizens in Massachusetts, Governor Baker said, “We’ve reviewed, updated and eliminated thousands of pages of outdated and obsolete state regulations, which has reduced red tape and made it easier for employers, non-profits and cities and towns to do their jobs.” Governor Baker also talked about Massachusetts’ innovation economy and its global reputation in technology, health and the life sciences. “We all know the world is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Smart buildings. Smarter machines. Robotics. Autonomous vehicles. Digital health. Precision manufacturing. And big data to name a few,” Baker said. “These are the platforms of the next generation of great companies and new jobs. And cyber security that moves as fast as the hackers, thieves and troublemakers is what makes this all possible. Success in protecting databases and smart machines will ensure that people benefit from the best ideas in science, engineering and technology for decades to come. Baker called Massachusetts “one of the three most important players in cyber security in the world,” and said the industry is just taking off. “Hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent over the next decade to protect information and assets. Massachusetts’ organizations should play a major role in driving these decisions. Over the next ten months we’ll bring together the best minds locally and globally to develop a blueprint for success here in Massachusetts. And we will follow it.” Finally, the governor praised the veterans of Massachusetts but noted that “too many of our returning heroes struggle to find good jobs. So we’ll be proposing a $4,000 tax credit for businesses hiring and retaining an unemployed veteran.” Here is the full text of Governor Baker’s address.
Love Winter in Central Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has put together a timely initiative called Love Central Massachusetts, to remind visitors of all that the region has to offer this season. “Central MA is serving up a healthy dose of TASTY, SPORTY, and CRAFTY offerings that will make your winter getaway spectacular,” according to MOTT. “Think craft breweries, snowshoeing with a view, one-of-a-kind items, and feel good vibes. Get inspired with our sampling of seasonal offerings in the heart of Massachusetts.” Among the offerings in Love Central Massachusetts Culinary outings, including Brewery tours, great restaurants, wine & cheese shops; Winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating and hiking; Shopping, at brand stores, shopping malls, boutiques, gift shops, and hand-crafted products made by local artisans. Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Chef Daniel Bruce, Savoring Food and Wine at the Boston Wine Festival
Chef Daniel Bruce, celebrated chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel and its signature restaurant, Meritage, is founder of the Boston Wine Festival which celebrates its 28th season this year and runs from January 13 through March 31, 2017. As the nation’s longest running event of its kind, it’s worth noting the breadth and volume of creative cuisine that has gone from kitchen to palate. From the Festival’s inception, Chef Bruce has expertly crafted thousands of unique dishes, designed to complement the finest vino. Discerning palates rejoice, as this season’s lineup is sure to please. Chef, how do you keep patrons returning to the Boston Wine Festival over nearly three decades? The most important reason for the longevity of the Boston Wine Festival is the loyalty of our patrons, winemakers and of course, my staff. The warm and professional service and the strong relationships I have with the winemakers have made it possible for such a long run. Seasoned patrons join us to experience the Festival’s newest vineyards, along with their favorites that return year after year. We have word of mouth, as well, to thank for newcomers. The Festival keeps getting better and more exciting every winter. People seem more passionate than ever about food & wine. Why is that? I always felt there has been a passion for food and wine in this region, which is one of the main reasons I started the Festival nearly three decades ago! I do think that in recent years there has been an increase in the amount of opportunities available for people to experience food and wine in approachable settings, which has led to an increased interest in the pair. Are there any special new wines, guest chefs or pairings this year that you’re particularly proud of? As the Chef of the Boston Wine Festival, I am always looking to add new wineries to the lineup. I love to bring vineyards to Boston that I believe are rising stars in the world of wine, and introduce them to the market in Boston, and beyond. As for newcomers, this year I’m particularly excited about ROCO Winery (February 9) featuring the newest venture from Argyle Winery’s Rollin Sole. For the first time, The Boston Wine Festival will also host numerous winemakers from South Africa in March during a week of events dedicated to the region and inspired by my recent travels there. I am equally as excited about the well-recognized vineyards we have returning to the Festival. Whether the vintners have been with us just once, or for the past 27 years, they always bring special vintages from their cellars that are hard to find or not available for retail, which offers a truly unique experience for attendees. Thank you Chef Bruce! For more information, visit Boston Wine Festival This story originally appeared on the MassFinds Blog, published by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.
Massachusetts Senate Hosting Commonwealth Conversations 2017
The Massachusetts Senate is hosting its annual Commonwealth Conversations, a state wide listening tour of grassroots forums designed to connect state legislators directly with constituents to hear their ideas, concerns and suggestions. The series kicks off on Tuesday, January 31 in the Metro Boston region, and continues through Tuesday, April 11 in the North Shore region. See full schedule below. The Massachusetts State Senate is “bringing Beacon Hill to you with Commonwealth Conversations 2017,” said Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, who called the initiative “part of the next step in our ongoing efforts to make your government even more responsive and accessible to you.” Here is a schedule of the upcoming forums: Date Region January 31 Metro Boston February 7 South Coast February 28 South Shore March 7 Southeast March 14 Central Mass March 21 Northeast March 28 Western Mass April 4 MetroWest April 11 North Shore
Moby-Dick Marathon Celebrates Literary & Maritime Traditions of Massachusetts
The 21st annual Moby-Dick Marathon is taking place this weekend at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The annual readthon is a tribute to Herman Melville’s classic novel about the whaling industry that thrived in New Bedford, Fall River, Nantucket and other seaports in the 19th Century. You can view the reading streaming live here. The annual reading takes place over 25 hours and attracts over 2,500 guests and participants. In addition to celebrating Melville’s literary masterpiece, the Moby-Dick Marathon also raises funds and awareness for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which provides year round educational programs for school children while also serving as a major tourist attraction for the City of New Bedford and for the Southeastern Massachusetts region, according to Dagny Ashley, director of Destination New Bedford. In addition to English, other languages included in this year’s marathon included Hebrew, German, French, Dutch, Italian and various others. The 22nd Moby-Dick Marathon is scheduled to take place on January 6-7, 2018. Read more about the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which is part of the The New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park founded in 1996. Here are other Herman Melville references throughout Massachusetts. To learn more about visiting Massachusetts, check out the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism’s web site MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates the Outdoors with First Day Hikes on January 1, 2017
Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Club The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (MassDCR) teams up with local parks advocates each January 1 to participate in First Day Hikes, a national initiative that encourages everyone to celebrate the American outdoors with a guided tour. The first day hike tradition actually started at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton back in 1992, and has since become a national pastime, with all 50 states participating, according to America’s State Parks. Here are the MassDCR First Day Hike events planned for Sunday, January 1, 2017. Enjoy! BOSTON Carson Beach and Dorchester Heights, 12:00pm 165 William J. Day Boulevard, South Boston Meet at the Edward J. McCormack Bathhouse. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be available after the hike. Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Now CENTRAL Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 1:00 pm 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge Meet at the Visitor Center. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Warm up after the hike at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center with hot cocoa and conversation. NORTH Walden Pond State Reservation, 12:00 pm 915 Walden Street/Route 126, Concord Meet at the New Visitor Center. Hot chocolate and light snacks will be available after the hike. Co-sponsored by the Walden Woods Project, the Friends Group of Walden Pond State Reservation Breakheart Reservation, 11:00am 177 Forest Street, Saugus Meet at the Christopher P. Dunne Visitor Center. Kelly’s Clam Chowder will be served following the hike. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Breakheart SOUTH Blue Hills Reservation, 1:00 pm 840 Hillside Street, Milton Trailside Museum Wildlife Presentation Noon – 1:00 p.m.. Hot chocolate and snacks on sale at noon with Venture Scouting. Please arrive early and allow time for parking. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond parking lot at 840 Hillside St. Nantasket Beach Reservation, 10:00 am Route 3A, Hull Meet at the MJM Bathhouse at 204 Nantasket Ave. Hot Beverages and snacks will be served following the hike. Co-sponsored by the Hull Health Commission WEST Great Falls Discovery Center, 1:00 pm 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls Meet in the Discovery Center. Hot chocolate will be served following the hike. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Great Hall Discovery Center Here is a list of all hiking trails in Massachusetts. Find additional outdoor activities this winter by visiting the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.
Boston’s Logan Airport Has Record-Breaking Year with 36 Million Passengers
Massport CEO Tom Glynn joins the Williams family at Logan Airport. Photo Credit: Antonio Caban/ State House News Service Earlier this week, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) CEO Thomas P. Glynn joined officials from JetBlue to celebrate the 36 millionth passenger to travel through Logan International Airport in 2016. This marks a new record for the airport, and is the seventh straight year of passenger growth. Virginia Williams, a retired Air Force captain traveling with her family to Richmond, Virginia, was the 36 millionth passenger. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep an airport like Logan running smoothly. I want to acknowledge all of the great work done by everyone who works at Logan,” said Glynn. JetBlue is the largest airline at Logan in terms of the number of operations and destinations with more than 125 daily flights. In late October it added daily flights to New York LaGuardia airport and on March 30th will add daily flights to Atlanta, GA. “JetBlue is proud to partner with Massport and Logan Airport on such an important milestone,” said Norbert Strissel, director of airport operations, JetBlue. Williams is a retired captain in the Air Force. She is a resident of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, located about 30 miles outside Boston. Williams was traveling with her husband, son and daughter. They were presented with four round trip tickets from JetBlue, among other gifts. Logan Airport is an economic engine for New England, generating more than $13 billion in economic activity each year. The airport serves 53 international and 75 domestic destinations. In 2015, Logan had a total of 33,449,580 passengers. Massport works closely with the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and other tourism groups in New England to bring tourists, conventioneers, students and business travelers to the region.
Massachusetts has 450,000 Acres of Open Space for Residents & Visitors to Enjoy Year Round
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (Mass DCR) has over 1/2 million acres of open space throughout the Commonwealth that is open to residents and visitors all year round. The properties range from parks, open space and historic landmarks to beaches, camping groups and trails for hiking or biking. DCR Commissioner Leo Roy says, “The health and happiness of people across Massachusetts depend on the accessibility and quality of our green infrastructure – our natural resources, recreational facilities, and great historic landscapes. The DCR continues to improve the vital connection between people and the environment.” See this short video, Find Yourself in a DCR Park. Among the upcoming activities offered by Mass DCR this winter: First Day Hikes Ice Skating (indoors and outdoors) Cross-Country Skiing Snowmobiling Find information on year round outdoors and recreational opportunities here. For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts offers winter delights for visitors
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism offers great ideas for visitors to the Commonwealth this winter: Romantic Getaways; Spa and Wellness; Made in Massachusetts artisans and shops; Holiday celebrations; and Special Events between December 21, 2016 – March 21, 2017. Read about it here or view the booklet below. For information about visiting Massachusetts any time of year, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Issues Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker Whereas After the first harvest in 1621, the Pilgrims gathered with their neighbors, the Wampanoag Native Americans, broke bread, gave thanks and celebrated their freedom in Plymouth, observing the first Thanksgiving in the American colonies; and Whereas During the American Revolution in November 1777, the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving. Samuel Adams, a son of Massachusetts, wrote, “…for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor”; and Whereas With the country torn by a civil war, Abraham Lincoln urged his fellow Americans to gather and give thanks during one of the most difficult times of our nation’s history. Establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1864, Lincoln wrote, “To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God”; and Whereas In this season of thanks, we should take the time to remember and reach out to our neighbors in need, by providing a helping hand, working in a food pantry or kitchen, donating clothing or volunteering in our communities; and Whereas Today as families and friends across the Commonwealth and country gather together, may we be mindful of our gifts and talents, our blessings, relationships and goodwill, the peace we enjoy, the liberty we cherish and the hope we have for a joyful year ahead, Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 24th, 2016, to be, Thanksgiving Day And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance. Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first Day of November, in the year two thousand and sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and fortieth. By His Excellency Charles D. Baker Governor of the Commonwealth Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth
Massport Unveils ‘Four Centuries of Innovation’ Exhibit at Boston Logan Airport
Massport CEO Tom Glynn at the opening of Four Centuries of Innovation Massachusetts is proud of its illustrious history as it prepares to celebrate the Plymouth 400 anniversary in 2020, followed by celebrations of nearly three dozen other cities and towns that were settled between 1620 and 1630. Another equally fascinating narrative related to Massachusetts is its distinctive history of innovation and invention, as evidenced by Four Centuries of Innovation, a new exhibit officially unveiled by Massport this week at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The exhibit, which runs in a new connector corridor between Terminal E and Terminal C, features 49 world-changing innovations in medicine, technology, education, finance and social change. Present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 17 were Thomas P. Glynn, Massport CEO, Dr. Robert Krim, Professor and Founder of the Innovation Center, Framingham State University, and Janey Bishoff, CEO, Bishoff Communications. Krim and Bishoff created the exhibit along with the staff at Massport. Joining them on stage were Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Massachusetts Business Development, Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Pat Moscaritolo, President & CEO of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as university leaders, entrepreneurs, business leaders and airport personnel. Dr. Krim, who worked on the innovation project for nearly 20 years, is an expert on the innovation history of Massachusetts. During his remarks, he gave insight into why the state has been a key center of social and technological innovation going back 400 years. He said Boston was “one of the two or three most innovative cities in the world,” thanks to its cluster of universities, research centers, and entrepreneurial spirit. The new permanent exhibit shows the breadth of innovation in Massachusetts. “We have found that Massachusetts has more innovations that have changed either the nation or the world than any other state in the US,” Krim says. “More than 500 breakthroughs which changed the nation and/or the world came from Massachusetts over our four centuries, in medicine, technology, education, finance, and social justice. It’s an incredible set of stories, which we want others to know about.” The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit massport.com.
Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Releases Sports Venue Guide for Event Promoters
Photo: the Longsjo Classic Race in Fitchburg (Courtesy of massvacation.com) The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office has published a comprehensive sports venue directory listing dozens of sports facilities across the Commonwealth. The resource guide, which includes a letter from Governor Charlie Baker, is designed for sports promoters and event planners interested in bringing sports competitions to the Bay State. The sports facilities described in the Guide range from large-scale venues like Gillette Stadium, TD Garden and Fenway Park to mid-sized and small venues at colleges and in municipalities across the state. The booklet is divided into the state’s six regions, including Greater Boston, Cape Cod & Islands, Central Massachusetts, North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley, South of Boston and Western Massachusetts. “Massachusetts has a winning tradition of welcoming visitors from around the world,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development and International Trade. “We offer easy access from 75 domestic and 53 international direct flights in and out of Logan International Airport, and quick and dependable ground transportation. Our hospitality industry stands ready to make your visit affordable, engaging and memorable.” The 12-page booklet is being distributed free at domestic and international consumer and sports industry trade shows and mailed to each of the Massachusetts sports venues. Read the digital version here. “In Massachusetts, our sports professionals excel at hosting, marketing and presenting high caliber sporting events in world-class facilities,” said Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. “The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office is here to help you find the perfect venue for your event, and to connect you fully with our sports, tourism and hospitality communities. We look forward to working with you.” Massachusetts is known as the Birthplace of Basketball and Volleyball and is home to the Boston Marathon, founded in 1897 and the oldest US marathon, and the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the country. The 17-time NBA champion Boston Celtics and the 6-time Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins each play their home games at the TD Garden in Boston’s North End. Gillette Stadium is home to the 4-time NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion New England Revolution. The 8-time World Series champion Boston Red Sox play at historic Fenway Park. The Commonwealth also boasts hundreds of collegiate venues, parks and local recreation facilities. The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office is committed to promoting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a premiere destination for sporting events and providing a positive experience for all participants. Massachusetts is rich with sports history and championship sports teams. Additionally, Massachusetts hosts numerous sporting events such as collegiate championships, all-star games, Olympic Trials, national championships and youth sports competitions. To find out more about bringing sports events to Massachusetts, contact Shannah McArdle at 617 973-8504 or Shannah.email@example.com.
Fall Season in Massachusetts is Worth the Travel
Fall is a busy season in Massachusetts, thanks to the fall foliage, apple picking season, collegiate and professional sports, a new performing arts season and various college and family activities. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has put together five ideas for enjoying one of the most beautiful seasons in the Commonwealth. Foliage in Massachusetts is just reaching its peak at the end of October and through the first week of November. There are so many places to enjoy foliage in Massachusetts, it is hard to pick out a few. But certainly western Massachusetts, because it is so heavily forested, is a good place to start. The Berkshires has seven different Driving Tours that take visitors all through the mountains and the tiny villages in that area. The Mohawk Trail, which includes the famous Mount Greylock, Mount Sugarloaf and the Quabbin Reservoir are definitely worth the trip. And so is the Blackstone River Valley in Central Massachusetts. In this area of the Merrimack Valley, right outside of Boston, you have the beauty of Walden Pond, where we are now, and the nearby Minuteman National Park, which provide not only natural beauty but historical significance too. Walden Pond is a great place to enjoy the foliage while meditating on nature, and so is Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord and Sudbury. Further north is the Great Brooks Farm in Carlisle, which has over 1000 acres of wooded land and 20 miles of trails. A wonderful foliage experience is to drive up and down the coast, where you can contrast the seascape and the landscape. From Salisbury, Newburyport and Gloucester on the North Shore down to the World’s End reservation in Hingham and down to Cape Cod, there are dozens of choice places to enjoy the foliage while looking out at the ocean. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to Massvacation.com
Inspired Music at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
(Photo courtesy of the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival) The sounds of saxophones, drums and lush voices fill the air today at the annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, taking place from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 in Boston’s South End neighborhood. And it is all free. This year’s theme is Jazz: A Peace Supreme, and features music from around the world that is influenced by and in turn inspires jazz. Among this year’s performers: iconic jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, Berklee faculty Kevin Harris and Lenny Stallworth, Latin American artists Mili Bermejo, Venezuelan Project and Marus Santos, Hungarian pianist Laszlo Gardony and jazz drummer Billy Hart. See full line-up here. In addition to the music, check out dozens of local food stands and artisan booths, along with jazz organizations like JazzBoston. Radio station WGBH is also on-site today, with famed radio host Eric Jackson and details about the station’s new Jazz 24/7 streaming online initiative. Considered the world’s foremost school for jazz and other world music, Berklee College of Music is also a leader in music technology and production. In Massachusetts, you can find jazz any night of the week by visiting MassJazz.com. You can pick up a copy of the 2016 MassJazz Guide at the BeanTown Jazz Festival, and at local visitor outlets, jazz clubs or on college campuses. You can can read the MassJazz Guide online. Jazz is part of a vibrant performing arts scene in Massachusetts. Find out more by visiting MassVacation.com
Visit 46 Massachusetts Museums for Free on September 24
Forty-six museums in Massachusetts are opening their doors for free today, thanks to an innovative program by the Smithsonian Magazine in Washington, DC. “Museum Day Live” offers two free tickets for museums across the national participating in this program, which include 46 in Massachusetts. See list below. The Discovery Museums 177 Main Street, Acton Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College (always free) 11 Barrett Hill Drive, Amherst Mead Art Museum, Amherst College (always free) 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 125 West Bay Road, Amherst Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street, Amherst Gibson House Museum 137 Beacon Street, Boston Museum of African American History 46 Joy Street, Boston Nichols House Museum 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston Old South Meeting House 310 Washington Street, Boston Otis House 141 Cambridge Street, Boston The Mary Baker Eddy Library 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston The Paul S Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation 2 North Grove Street, Boston The Shirley-Eustis House 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historical Site (always free) 83 Beals Street, Brookline Harvard Museum of Natural History 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge USS Constitution Museum Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown Atwood House Museum Chatham Historical Society 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham Museum of Russian Icons 203 Union Street, Clinton Concord Museum 200 Lexington Road, Concord The Old Manse 269 Monument Street, Concord Martha’s Vineyard Museum 59 School Street, Edgartown Cogswell’s Grant 60 Spring Street, Essex Battleship Cove 5 Water Street, Fall River Marine Museum at Fall River 70 Water Street, Fall River The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River 441 North Main Street, Fall River Falmouth Museums on the Green 65 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth Garden in the Woods 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham The Gardner Museum 28 Pearl Street, Gardner Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester Codman Estate 34 Codman Road, Lincoln Blue Hills Trailside Museum 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Jackson Homestead and Museum 527 Washington Street, Newton Herman Melville’s Arrowhead 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield Salem Witch Museum 19 ½ Washington Square North, Salem Sandwich Glass Museum 129 Main Street, Sandwich Springfield Museums 21 Edwards Street, Springfield Merwin House 14 Main Street, Stockbridge Old Colony History Museum 66 Church Green, Taunton Armenian Museum of America 65 Main Street, Watertown Wenham Museum 132 Main Street, Wenham Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History 241 Wellesley Street, Weston Williams College Museum of Art (always free) 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown EcoTarium 222 Harrington Way, Worcester Winslow Crocker House 250 Main Street (Route 6A), Yarmouth Port Find out more about museums in Massachusetts by visiting MassVacation.com.
The Big E Celebrates 100 Years as New England’s Favorite Fair
Great ideas stand the test of time. That is truly the case of the Big E in West Springfield, which for the last hundred years has showcased the agricultural richness and innovative businesses of the New England region, all the while entertaining, educating, feeding and inspiring tens of millions of visitors. When the Eastern States Exposition opened in 1916, it was a display of American-made products, from manufacturing and machinery to farm and seafood products, representing all thirteen states on the Eastern Seaboard down to Virginia. Over time the Exposition focused on New England and its bounty of agricultural products and businesses. That has remained the theme this year. Thursday, April 22 was Massachusetts Day, an opportunity for fair-goers to look closely at all the Commonwealth has to offer in terms of its agricultural community, tourism assets and small businesses. Governor Charlie Baker called Massachusetts Day a day “to celebrate the many hard-working farmers across the state that produce healthy, local products for the citizens of Massachusetts.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said it was “a perfect opportunity to showcase the diversity of high-quality, locally-grown and made products available in the Commonwealth.” Francois-Laurent Nivoud, Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), praised the Big E for it success in drawing tourists from across the region as well as eastern Canada and the Mid-Atlantic States. Increasingly, overseas visitors are also finding their way to the Big E for a genuine Americana experience. Nivoud points out that the state’s agricultural industry is now an integral part of the tourism industry, sprouting new visitor products like agri-tourism, culinary tourism and experiential learning tourism. The local renaissance of craft beer breweries and wineries are not added to traditional tourism outings like apple picking and foliage tours. Finally, the Big E presents a distinct regional flavor for New England, one of the nation’s earliest regions dating back to the 17th century. This coincides with efforts by the organization Discover New England, which includes Mass Office of Travel & Tourism and state tourism agencies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, to provide a singular marketing campaign that reaches overseas visitors. Congratulations Big E, and here’s to another hundred years!
National Parks Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Today, Massachusetts joined other states across the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. A special birthday party, complete with a cake, balloons, children’s activities and live music, was held at Columbus Park in Boston, overlooking the Boston Harbor Islands. Michael Creasey, Superintendent of National Parks Boston, welcomed hundreds of spectators to mark the occasion with a giant birthday cake, speeches by public officials and assorted free games for families and children on the park lawn. Park advocates also handed out informational materials on the state’s parks, historical landmarks and preserved spaces. Joining Superintendent Creasey at the podium were US Senator Ed Markey, US Congressmen Mike Capuano and Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts Energy and Environment Secretary Matt Beaton and City of Boston Policy Director Joyce T. Linehan. Secretary Beaton read a citation from the Baker-Polito Administration congratulating the National Park Service on its century-long stewardship. Also attending the ceremony were Nam Pham Assistant Secretary of Business Development, Francois-Laurent Nivaud, Executive Director of the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism and Pat Moscaritolo, Executive Director & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. After the speaking portion, the US Postal service unveiled its commemorative stamps in honor of the National Park Service centennial. And musicians from the Berklee College of Music led the crowd in a Happy Birthday song, then entertained for the afternoon. Massachusetts is proud to have 14 National Parks throughout the Commonwealth. Here is a list of free activities in the Boston National Parks over the next three days. Nationwide, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all 413 parks across the country (from August 25-28).
Massachusetts Celebrates Farmers’ Market Week, August 7-13
Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed August 7-13, 2016 “Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week” “in recognition of the positive contributions Massachusetts’ farmers’ markets have on agriculture and public health in the Commonwealth.” Read the Governor’s Proclamation here. The week-long event coincides with the 17th National Farmers’ Market Week as the United States Department of Agriculture celebrates the nation’s thousands of farmers’ markets. Governor Baker said that farmers markets in Massachusetts “create economic vitality for hundreds of farms and food producers while supporting local communities. I urge all Massachusetts residents to visit their local farmers’ market this week to buy some fresh, local produce and support our hard-working farmers.” Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito said, “Farmers work hard all year long to deliver high-quality, nutritious products to residents living in cities and towns all across Massachusetts. We are proud to recognize the farmers’ markets which help ensure community camaraderie and the continued viability of family farms.” Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) said the state’s farmers markets have “helped to sustain many of our family farms and are an important tool in helping to preserve thousands of acres of our state’s farmland.” Massachusetts hosts approximately 248 summer and fall farmers’ markets and 40 winter farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth. At nearly $48 million, Massachusetts ranks 5th in the nation for direct market sales and 3rd in the nation for direct market sales per operation. Direct market sales account for 10 percent of the state’s total sales of agricultural products. John Lebeaux, Commissioner at Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), called August “an ideal time to recognize farmers’ markets as we are entering Massachusetts’ peak harvest season in the coming weeks.” DAR compiles an annual list of Massachusetts farmers’ markets, listing days, locations, times, and opening and closing dates for each market. Here is an interactive map of farmers’ markets statewide. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism maintains a culinary calendar of food-related activities taking place in Massachusetts throughout the year.
Massachusetts Cheering for the Olympic Games
Olympian Sean Furey of Metheun, Massachusetts Photo Credit: AP/Matt Slocum The Olympic Games have finally arrived. Tonight, the opening ceremonies of the XXXI Olympiad take place in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium. Half a million spectators are in Brazil for the Games, and millions more are tuning in from all over the world, to cheer on their home-town athletes and to revel in the amazing talents of the world’s best athletes. Massachusetts has good reason to cheer. Twenty-two athletes with Massachusetts roots are competing this year, led by past Olympians and medal winners like gymnast Aly Raisman of Needham and marathon runner Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead. Here are snapshots of 12 Massachusetts athletes to watch and a Boston Globe run-down of all of the New England athletes competing. Massachusetts’ connection to the Olympics dates back to 1896, when the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. At that event, nine of the fourteen American athletes were from Boston, and 13 of the 20 medals awarded to the USA went to Boston athletes. The following year, in 1897, the Boston Athletic Association launched the first amateur marathon race, which has since spawned hundreds of marathons across the world. Also cheering from Massachusetts is the proud Brazilian-American community. An estimated 336,000 Brazilians live in Massachusetts, part of a 1.4 million population nationwide, according to The Boston Globe. Massachusetts exports to Brazil totaled $285 million in 2015, according to the Mass Office of International Trade & Investment and the Massachusetts Export Center. Leading exports included optic, photo, medic and surgical instruments; industrial machinery, plastics, pharmaceutical products and chemical goods. Brazil is also the 23rd largest importer of Massachusetts goods, purchasing $144 million worth of goods in 2015. In Boston, the Brazilian Consulate provides information on travel to Brazil, commerce opportunities, and visa services for Brazilian citizens. The Brazilian Times, based in Somerville, covers the Brazilian community year round. And this year’s 21st annual Brazilian Independence Day Festival takes place in Boston on September 6-11, 2016. For sports information year round, visit the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. To learn more about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. Find out more about this year’s American team by visiting Team USA. And for up-to-the-minute details on the world’s greatest sporting event, visit Olympic.org/
Cheers to the New Dorchester Brewing Company
Photo: Official opening of the Dorchester Brewing Company on July 20, 2016 An old warehouse in Dorchester - one of Boston’s most diverse and culturally rich neighborhoods – is now the site of the sparkling new Dorchester Brewing Company, which opened this week. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined various state and city officials, including State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Investment Nam Pham, to formally open the new company. The 25,000 square-foot space at 1250 Massachusetts Avenue just outside of Edward Everett Square sports a brewery, which is designed to help local craft brewers expand their commercial operations, along with an adjoining taproom and patio. Described by the company as “Boston’s only dedicated contract and partner brewing facility,” Dorchester Brewing will offer “multiple packing options including bottling, kegging, canning, specialty and barrel aging.” The taproom and patio offers a retail space where patrons can sample a variety of local beers, including six house brews on tap this summer: Clapp’s Cream Ale, V1 Double IPA, Mass Ave IPA, Savin Summer Stout, Minivan Hefe and Nitro of the Day. The taproom is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Expect food trucks outside for weekend dinner and weekend lunches. Dorchester Brewing Company is just the latest in a notable rise in craft breweries in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Export Center reports that Massachusetts is the 14th largest exporting state, sending over $5.6 million in beer abroad each year, to countries ranging from Brazil and Belgium to Canada and China. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has a list of craft breweries throughout the Commonwealth. And there is even a Craft Brewers Trail issued by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is also a handy resource for breweries, brew tours and special beer festivals taking place throughout the year.
FREE Outside the Box Festival Highlights Performing Arts in Massachusetts
Thousands of people from all over New England and beyond are converging on Boston Common this weekend for the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival. Now in its third year, the five day event has quickly become a popular way for residents and tourists alike to gather and enjoy hundreds of musical, dance, literary, theatrical and comedic performances. The most amazing feature of Outside the Box – aside from the incredible diversity and range of talent – is that the festival is free. Free art for everybody – that has been the vision of OTB founder Ted Cutler, a well-known Boston businessman and philanthropist who has long recognized the positive effects that cultural expression has in Massachusetts and indeed, throughout the world. The festival reaches its apex this weekend with dozens of performances taking place on multiple stages throughout the 50 acre Boston Common, which is the nation’s oldest park, formed in 1634. New this year is the OTB Interactive, built around the belief that innovation is a performing art. Check out the activities taking place on the Common and at nearby venues like the Paramount Center and the Revere Hotel. While the OTB Festival is free, the OTB Interactive requires a badge and admission. See details here. Here is the full schedule of activities and the list of performers. Find out more about visiting Massachusetts at MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Adds 1,287 acres of Public Land in Northfield
(Photo of Northfield State Forest courtesy of Glenn Minshall) The Baker-Polito Administration and The Trust for Public Land announced that the state has purchased 1,287 acres of land within Northfield and Warwick from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), an independent boarding school located in Gill, Massachusetts. The land will be protected for public use and will immediately become part of Northfield State Forest. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will manage the parkland. Governor Charlie Baker said the conservation of this land “will preserve precious natural resources for wildlife habitats, provide recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy, and create additional access for people to foster a love for nature.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said, “By protecting land within our state’s communities, we are ensuring that people from every corner of the Commonwealth have tremendous access to public green spaces to utilize for years to come.” Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) said, “The purchase of 1,300 additional acres for the Northfield State Forest ensures that generations to come will be able to enjoy this natural resource for outdoor recreation.” Located in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley, the land provides a picturesque backdrop to downtown Northfield and the Connecticut River National Scenic Byway, a Federal Highway Administration designation. It is also key to completing a protected habitat corridor from the Quabbin Reservoir to the Connecticut River. The project has been endorsed by the Northfield Board of Selectmen and the Northfield Open Space Committee. The Northfield State Forest is located in Franklin County and is also located along the Mohawk Trail Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton said the Baker-Polito Administration will “continue to examine opportunities that will not only conserve and protect vital natural resources, but will also increase access for people of all abilities to enjoy.” The Trust for Public Land has been working for several years with NMH, the Town of Northfield, and the DCR to bring this complex purchase to fruition. This sale represents the first phase of a multi-phase process. Later phases will focus on conserving an additional 330 acres around the Grandin Reservoir, which serves as the primary drinking water supply for 300 households in Northfield. Northfield Mount Hermon currently owns and operates the East Northfield Water Company, which manages that water supply. Kevin Essington, Massachusetts Director for The Trust for Public Land, said that communities across America “are seeking to protect places that strengthen their shared identity and sense of place, and this addition to Northfield State Forest is beloved and will be protected forever.” The land was bought for $2.5 million utilizing funds from the Massachusetts Landscape Partnership Program, the DCR land acquisition capital budget, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Acres for America Program. The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. For tourist information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.
Massachusetts Celebrates the Great Outdoors in June
(Photo: Governor Baker at 2016 Capital Campout at Fort Independence) Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in Massachusetts. See the Governor’s proclamation below. Governor Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker are participating in the second annual Capital Campout at Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston. They’re joined by Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy, and fourth grade students from the Franklin D. Roosevelt School in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. This event is meant to highlight support for the Massachusetts State Parks and demonstrate the importance of active and healthy outdoor, community-building activities for Massachusetts children. “Introducing kids and adults to new recreational opportunities…is important to inspire families to learn about new places and engage in new experiences together to share adventures that will last a lifetime,” the proclamation reads. The Capital Campout program is a national initiative that targets youth with little exposure to America’s outdoor legacy and helps to increase visitation at parks. At Independence Park, Governor and Mrs. Baker will participate with the students and their families in learning camping skills. They will camp out overnight, setting up tents, building a campfire and cooking over it. The event includes fun activities such as a group campfire, storytelling, singing, games and a tour of the fort. In 2015, Massachusetts created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video that launched Great Outdoors Month. The video was selected by the American Recreation Coalition and The Coleman Company as one of five national video winners to receive $1,000 grant, which Governor Baker is giving to All Out Adventures, a non-profit organization that provides recreation program for people of all abilities, including individuals with disabilities and their families, often in Massachusetts state park facilities. Below is a copy of the Great Outdoors Month Proclamation
Cruiseport Boston Boosts Tourism and Marine Economy in Massachusetts
Tourists are pouring into Massachusetts by sea in record numbers, thanks to the burgeoning cruise industry and Boston’s rapid rise as a new destination for this lucrative audience. Earlier this month, Massport celebrated the 30th anniversary of Cruiseport Boston at the Black Falcon Pier in South Boston. It was a chance to look back at Boston’s illustrious maritime traditions and to preview some of the great things on the horizon for Cruiseport Boston. According to Massport, this operation provides over 950 direct jobs and generate nearly $80 million in economic impact, as well as $25 million in annual local, state and federal tax revenue. In 2016, Massport estimates that 320,000 passengers are expected to come through the port on 114 ship calls. CEO Thomas P. Glynn called the 30th anniversary “an exciting milestone for not only Massport, but for the cruising community and the entire region. “Cruiseport Boston has grown into a well-established launching point for quality cruises, whether you’re heading to Canada or Bermuda,” Glynn said. “In the meantime, the industry is recognizing Boston as a significant embarkation port, in part because of our engaged cruising community. This will help keep Massachusetts among the top 10 states benefitting from the cruise industry.” A highlight of the week-long celebration included inaugural visits by two mega cruise ships: on Wednesday, May 18, Disney Magic, a 984 feet long, eleven deck cruise ship that carries 2,400 passengers came to Boston; followed on Friday, May 20 by the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, which carries 4,180 passengers and is the largest cruise ship ever to land in Boston. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary for Business Development and International Trade, said the bustling cruise traffic is compatible with the Baker-Polito Administration’s vision to strengthen the maritime industry in all 78 seacoast cities and towns in Massachusetts. “A thriving waterfront increases commerce, produces jobs, and supports tourism, which is the third largest industry in Massachusetts,” said Pham. The addition of the Disney Cruise Line and Anthem of the Seas will likely broaden the customer base of tourists who disembark in Boston, since many of them will be seeing Massachusetts for the first time. Twenty-nine cruises — to destinations including Bermuda, Canada and Europe — are set to start in Boston. Another highlight of the week occurred when officials unveiled a series of murals painted by the schoolchildren of South Boston. One of the murals honored Ray Flynn, the former US Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston. In 1986, Mayor Flynn established the Marine Industrial Park along the waterfront, which was widely credited with reviving the industrial port and preserving blue-collar jobs. This year the park was renamed the Ray Flynn Marine Park. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, more than 24 million passengers are expected to sail in 2016. Here is the 2016 Schedule at Cruiseport Boston. Here is information on the Seaport Economic Council.
Massachusetts Celebrates Tourism Day
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.
National Travel & Tourism Week Celebrated Across America
The U.S. Travel Association celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week, a chance for the industry to promote the positive impact that travel and tourism has on America. Part of the strategy in 2016 is to tie into the presidential primaries taking place across the country. The theme is “Travel ’16.” U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow called National Travel & Tourism Week “an excellent opportunity for travel leaders to demonstrate firsthand the importance of travel to their elected officials and to their communities.” Accorting to USTA, in 2015, travelers to and within the U.S. spent $947 billion, generating more than $2.1 trillion in economic activity. Travel now supports 15.1 million jobs, employing one in nine Americans, with 8.1 million good-paying jobs in the industry itself and seven million across other sectors of the economy. In Massachusetts, Tourism Day takes place at the State House on May 19.
Francois-Laurent Nivaud is new Executive Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Francois-Laurent Nivaud, a respected leader in the Massachusetts hospitality industry, became the new Executive Director for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism earlier this week. When making the announcement, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said, “Travel and tourism touch every part of the Commonwealth, supporting local economies from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. Francois has been involved in the national hospitality industry for decades, and he is uniquely qualified to help Massachusetts leverage our unique tourism assets to drive broad economic growth.” Assistant Secretary for Business Development Nam Pham noted, “The travel and tourism industry employs more than 130,000 people who receive $3.7 billion in wages, making it one of the largest sectors in the Commonwealth. Francois’ private-sector experience in hospitality, marketing and tourism will help us highlight Massachusetts and draw visitors to festivals, beaches, landscapes and historic sites.” Massachusetts attracts 22.9 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 1.5 million overseas visitors each year, according to MOTT. “Supporting Massachusetts’ tourism sector requires identifying and building on the historic and aesthetic aspects of our cities and towns,” said Nivaud. “I look forward to working with the public and private sector to draw people to Massachusetts.” A native of France, Nivaud brings decades of experience in the hospitality and tourism industries to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. In 1998 he created New England Management Services (NEMS), a think tank for the hospitality industry that has been involved in consulting projects around the country and was instrumental in developing a Hotel & Residences complex at Battery Wharf in Boston in 2008. He was the Managing Director of the Boston Harbor Hotel from 1988-1999, helping to position it as an industry-leading hotel property. He founded the Boston Wine Festival, now in its 27th year, and the Boston Wine Expo, the first wine symposium in the Northeast. Nivaud also served as the Dean of the Roger A. Saunders School of Business & Hospitality Management at Newbury College. He is a Director Emeritus of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce from 1995-2013. He co-founded the Massachusetts Visitor Industry Council and created the Massachusetts Lodging Association. Francois is married with three children and lives in Cohasset. For year-round information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com
Boston Marathon Showcases Massachusetts at its Finest
(Photo Courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association) This weekend, Massachusetts welcomes the world for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, considered one of the premier athletic competitions in modern history. Over 30,000 runners from the United States and 98 other countries are expected to compete on Monday, April 18, 2016, according to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Up to one half million fans will line the 26.2 mile route that passes through eight cities and towns from Hopkinton to Boston, cheering on the spirit and determination of the runners. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Massachusetts Office of Business Development, said the Boston Marathon “underscores the community spirit of our local business and tourism industry, including hotels, restaurants and retail shops. It also provides a welcomed economic boost, especially for small businesses located in cities and towns along the route.” “The Boston Marathon is one of the most iconic sports traditions in the world,” said Francois Nivaud, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “Thanks to press coverage by over 200 media outlets, the Marathon helps our tourism industry showcase the unparalleled beauty, culture, history and spirit of Massachusetts.” Activities leading up to the Marathon include the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, taking place Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center at 900 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. On Saturday, April 16, the BAA is holding a 5K race, starting and ending on Boston Common, with over 10,000 entrants, including 600 from outside the U.S. Pat Moscaritolo, President and CEO of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, estimates that marathon activities will bring an estimated $188.8 million (USD) in spending impact to the region. “All of us in the Boston area visitor industry look forward each year to the Boston Marathon and the remarkable spending impacts this historic event brings to our community.” The Boston Athletic Association launched the Boston Marathon back in 1897, after one of its members, Arthur Blake, competed in the marathon at the first Modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1896. At the 1897 Boston Marathon, 15 runners ran, compared to 30,000 runners in 2016. “Massachusetts is proud of its championship sports culture, ranging from amateur, youth and collegiate programs to our acclaimed professional sports teams,” said Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. “The Boston Marathon highlights the competitive and generous spirit of both the sport and the people of Massachusetts.” For information on visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com. To find out more about Massachusetts sporting activities throughout the year, visit Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office.
Massachusetts Plans for 400th Anniversaries in Cities and Towns
(EOHED Secretary Jay Ash and the Plymouth 400 Board of Directors. Image Credits: Denise Maccaferri Photography) History matters in Massachusetts, as evidenced by the Massachusetts 400 Forum held in Plymouth last week, where 150 state and elected officials, tourism leaders, educators, cultural activists and international representatives gathered to make plans for some exciting milestones fast approaching. Hosted by Plymouth 400, Inc., the all-day forum featured presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions about how Massachusetts can capitalize on the opportunities on the horizon for cities and towns approaching their 400th anniversary. These include Plymouth (1620), Quincy (2025), Salem (2026), and Boston (2030), as well as various other cities and towns in Massachusetts such as Gloucester, Hull, Chelsea, Swampscott and others. See list of Massachusetts cities and towns and year of origin. State Senator Vinny deMacedo welcomed the participants to his district, noting the international flavor of the forum, with participants from the UK and Netherlands. Also on hand were officials from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, a worldwide group of people who trace their lineage to the original Pilgrims on the Mayflower voyage; and leaders of the Wampanoag Tribe, the indigenous people who were already settled here when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620. Jay Ash, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) was the keynote speaker at the forum. He praised the work of the Plymouth 400 group and said the upcoming anniversaries provided an opportunity to celebrate the entire Commonwealth, while also elevating the state’s tourism industry. “We are ready to engage in a discussion about how we look at tourism as the major economic engine that it is,” Ash said. While much of the anniversary events will focus on the state’s history, heritage and culture, attendees were also excited about the Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship/MARS project, which “aims to design, build and sail the world’s first full-sized, fully autonomous unmanned ship across the Atlantic Ocean.” Representing the cities and towns were Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, Mayor Tom Koch of Quincy, Selectmen Chair Kenneth Tavares of Plymouth, and Tourism, Culture and Sports Director Ken Brissette of Boston. Also represented at the meeting were the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Development and Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Michele Pecoraro, Executive Director of Plymouth 400, said, the Massachusetts 400 initiative was developed “to unify the state in commemorating our collective histories. By bringing these communities together, we will not only ensure the greatest possible economic impact, we will also ensure through cross promotion that the increased tourism and visibility is sustained for years to come.” For more information, visit Massachusetts 400 Forum.
Massachusetts Celebrates Maple Month
Governor Charlie Baker has declared March “Massachusetts Maple Month” in an effort to support the Commonwealth’s many maple producers and encourage Massachusetts residents to purchase locally-produced maple products. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Massachusetts is home to approximately 300 maple syrup producers, including many who are open to the public throughout the sugaring season. Last year about 75,000 gallons of maple syrup worth more than $4.3 million was produced across the Commonwealth. Governor Baker called the maple syrup industry “a time-honored Massachusetts tradition,” adding, “I encourage residents to support our local maple syrup producers and purchase delicious Massachusetts maple products.” Approximately $1.9 million in revenue is generated by maple farms, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, country inns, and other attractions in farm communities. Additionally, Massachusetts sugar makers steward more than 15,000 acres of woodland. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito called maple syrup “not only the first agricultural crop of the season but also one of the most important. By declaring March as Massachusetts Maple month, we hope everyone will take part in recognizing the importance of the Commonwealth’s maple producers.” Tapping maple trees in Massachusetts can start at the end of January and continue through April. For prime sugaring, nights must be below freezing and days must be above freezing. Everything from the weather, soil, and genetics of the tree can affect maple syrup flavor. Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton called maple syrup “an inherently sustainable agricultural product because healthy, well-maintained trees can be tapped for over 100 years.” In 2015, Massachusetts ranked 12th in exports for maple syrup totaling just over $282,000, with South Korea being the state’s top trading partner, according to the Massachusetts Export Center. Earlier today, John Lebeaux, Commissioner of Agricultural Resources, joined local and agricultural officials at Stonegate Farms in Conway for a ceremonial sugar maple tree tapping. The Massachusetts Maple Producers Association (MMPA) holds its 3rd Annual Maple Weekend March 19 to 20, featuring open house events at over 45 sugarhouses, and special maple menus at participating restaurants made with 100% pure Massachusetts maple syrup. Go to the MassGrown website and click on maple for a complete listing of maple sugar houses or www.massmaple.org. The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has a roundup of Maple Sugaring activities in Massachusetts.
Seaport Economic Council Announces Grants for Ten Massachusetts Communities
(Photo: Mass Maritime Academy) This week the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council announced $5.15 million in grant awards to support the maritime economy by facilitating economic growth, supporting coastal infrastructure and increasing educational opportunities. Dartmouth, Gloucester, Harwich, Hingham, Nahant, New Bedford, Plymouth, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth all received grants. The projects include infrastructure improvements that focus on long-term resilience, planning efforts that can unlock significant economic growth potential, and research that can make clean energy more affordable for coastal communities. Governor Charlie Baker said the administration “is committed to helping coastal communities achieve sustainable growth by supporting the thousands of residents that drive our marine economy. Investing in community planning, infrastructure improvements, and locally directed actions that meet our standards of resilience and sustainability will keep these communities strong while supporting the Commonwealth’s economy.” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Chairwoman of the Seaport Economic Council, said the grants “will help coastal communities unlock economic growth and job creation on their waterfronts and beyond. The investments made will support local jobs and reinforce Massachusetts’ leadership in diverse sectors of the maritime economy, from commercial fishing to clean energy generation.” Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, said, “The maritime economy has driven economic growth and job creation in Massachusetts since its foundation. These grants help ensure that our coastal communities have diverse and strong economies.” Kirk is Vice Chair of the Seaport Economic Council and former Mayor of the port city of Gloucester. The Seaport Economic Council was re-launched in August 2015. Its mission is to deepen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities. while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by sea level rise and increasingly powerful coastal storms. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast. Grant Recipients Cape Cod Commission – $180,000 The Cape Cod Commission will use Seaport Economic Council funding to develop a plan for maritime economy expansion. This plan will focus on leveraging existing strengths, including a well-developed research community and a long history of entrepreneurship, to create regional economic growth and increase the number of non-seasonal skilled jobs. Dartmouth – $1,000,000 Dartmouth’s grant will allow the town to purchase a parcel on its Upper Harbor for development as a welcome center, addressing a community-identified need for public waterfront access. The area will provide educational and recreational opportunities, and will complement the Town’s investment in Padanaram Village by drawing people to new restaurants and local businesses. Gloucester – $151,000 Gloucester’s grant is focused on sustaining and improving the 40 percent of the City’s economy that relies on fishing, processing, shore-side services, and related businesses. It will allow to city to exhibit its seafood locally, regionally and nationally, and will support a branding campaign for “Gloucester Fresh Seafood.” Funding will also help the Fishermen’s Wives Association to procure additional contracts for Gloucester’s seafood with restaurants and institutions. Harwich – $1,000,000 Harwich’s Seaport Economic Council grant supports the town’s efforts to repair the East Dock of the Municipal Marina. This includes significant repairs to the dock’s basic infrastructure, and the replacement of 74 boat slips. The investment supports residents and local businesses. Hingham – $700,000 The Seaport Economic Council’s grant will allow Hingham to build a Maritime Center on Bathing Beach that will support local recreational, commercial, and educational activities. It will allow the town the more effectively promote the Hingham Farmer’s Market and related events, will facilitate boat and paddleboard rentals to residents and tourists, and will provide space to highlight Hingham’s rich history. Massachusetts Maritime Academy – $1,000,000 Funding for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy will support the Pier Extension for Marina Dockage. This will increase the Academy’s capacity to deliver effective training, support educational opportunities, and partner with educational institutions to perform research and development. It will also allow the Academy to provide secure dockage for federal and state emergency response vessels. Nahant – $410,000 The Seaport Economic Council grant to Nahant will reconstruct and stabilize protective walls around Tudor Wharf, to protect the livelihood of Nahant’s commercial fishermen and lobstermen. It will also replace the aging boat ramp and improve associated areas used for boat and equipment storage, support their recreational and commercial use. New Bedford – $250,000 The grant will support planning efforts on the New Bedford waterfront and help identify opportunities for investment in infrastructure and site improvements. This will supplement efforts by the City to reduce barriers to private development along the waterfront and draw new business and jobs to New Bedford. Plymouth – $219,322 Seaport Economic Council funding will help Plymouth to finalize engineering and permitting on its proposed Maritime Facility, and develop a harbor plan. As the second busiest state port and boat ramp in Massachusetts, Plymouth has the potential to leverage untapped economic growth in its harbor and build on a previous Seaport Economic Council Planning Grant awarded in 2009. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – $239,898 The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will use Seaport Economic Council funding to support research and development in wave energy. The research has the potential to dramatically reduce manufacturing and deployment costs associated with traditional wave energy generators, making devices smaller, easier to use, and more cost effective. Here is more information on the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council.
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