Art and the tourism puzzle


To the Editor:

I have just returned from the Harbor View Hotel where I had the good fortune to attend the third in a series of presentations in the Creative Economy Speaker Series. Betsy Wall, the director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and Rep. Cory Atkins of the Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee gave an excellent and informative presentation on the state’s tourism industry and how the Vineyard fits into the bigger regional, state, and federal tourism puzzle.

This free presentation was well attended, but I was surprised to see few representatives of each town’s board of trade or civic association. Where were the hotel and inn owners, the restaurant and shop owners? I think we, as Vineyarders, are missing the boat if we fail to recognize that it is the duty and responsibility of each Islander to help foster tourism. Tourism is what drives the Vineyard economy.

If you own a business that is frequented by tourists, I highly recommend that you consider attending the last two workshops in this Creative Economy series. On October 22, hear about “Best Practices.” On October 29, learn about how to “Build Martha’s Vineyard’s Creative Economy” with Helene Fruscio. Bring a friend. Did you know that every Island business can list its business and upcoming events at

This is a great resource that all of us can utilize. Hope to see you next Tuesday at 11:30 am at the Harbor View Hotel.

Gerry Moriarty