The tourism industry will celebrate its economic impact and its legislative champions at the annual Massachusetts Tourism Day at the State House on Thursday, April 6, from 11 am to 1 pm, in the Great Hall.
According to a press release, the event is hosted by the 16 Regional Tourism Councils (RTCs) of Massachusetts, in partnership with the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). Massachusetts Tourism Day includes a midday program that features presentations of the Champion of Tourism awards to Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) and Rep. Matthew Muratore (R-Plymouth).
Other speakers include joint committee co-chairs Rep. Cory Atkins and Senator Adam Hinds. François-Laurent Nivaud, MOTT director, will welcome the attendees; Ann Marie Casey, executive director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, will serve as emcee.
In 2015, visitors to Martha’s Vineyard spent $159 million on lodging, meals, transportation, arts and cultural activities, and retail. That spending yielded $6.2 million in state tax revenue, and returned $9 million back to local Island towns. The third largest industry in the commonwealth, tourism accounts for 135,000 jobs in direct service, thanks in large part to the direct spending of 23.5 million visitors to Massachusetts.