Welcome back, Joey- we missed you!
I know you were anxious to see the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide cover- and here it is! Isn’t it fabulous?!
The amazing cover picture was taken by Jay Albert, Cape Ann Images. We love that it represents our City’s fishing heritage; our gorgeous sunsets and sunrises; our real working community- yup, we love it, and it’s getting rave reviews. Thanks, Jay!
We’ll be distributing the Visitor Guides locally with huge help from Daphne at Promotions Express, and we’ve hired a company to distribute them far and wide outside our immediate area.
I’m happy to tell ya that Discover Gloucester was invited to the MA State House for Massachusetts Tourism Day last Wednesday, which was part of National Tourism Week.
All the State’s Tourism Councils- including ours, the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), got together to show Legislators what each region offers to visitors, and to let them know how much money tourism generates in taxes for the State, Cities and Towns. Quite a lot of money, and thousands of jobs.
We handed out chocolate fish lollipops from Turtle Alley to all the Legislators and aides (Thank you, Hallie!) along with our new Visitor Guide, whale watch pins and more than a few Ryan & Wood Distillery wooden nickels. Thanks to our four whale watch companies and Ryan & Wood for their participation. We also passed out information from the entire region, which consists of 34 communities.
It was an honor to represent Gloucester, the Cape Ann communities and the entire North of Boston region at the State House, especially as they debate the State budget which we hope will include a larger investment in tourism so we can all generate even more tax money coming back to us from hotel & restaurant taxes, and that in turn can be invested locally.
Did you know that every dollar invested in tourism brings back $8 in return?