On Friday the Senate passed a balanced budget along with $6 million in funding for regional tourism councils including money for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerece, Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) announced.
“The Cape Cod Chamber is grateful for the recognition of the Massachusetts Senate by funding regional tourism marketing at an equitable level again this year,” said Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and chair of the statewide Regional Tourism Councils. “The tourism industry is helping Massachusetts achieve an economic recovery and has led job growth in the Commonwealth, accounting for 4,800 new jobs in February, or 53 percent of the new jobs created in Massachusetts. We thank our Senate President and tourism, arts & culture leadership for this support.”
“Throughout my career in the Senate, I have stressed the importance of investing in our cultural facilities and tourism industry and it’s important that we support our local tourism councils and the great work that they are doing,” Murray said. “Tourism is one of the largest industries in Massachusetts and, by supporting our tourism industry, we will help grow our economy and add new jobs in the Commonwealth.”
Massachusetts is divided into 16 individual tourism regions and each region is promoted by a Regional Tourism Council, which is a nonprofit, membership-based organization. Each Regional Tourism Council is an invaluable resource for learning about the local attractions, accommodations, dining, shopping and other tourism businesses of the region.
The budget will now move to a conference committee with the House of Representatives to produce a final budget that will go to Governor Deval Patrick for his consideration. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
Information from a press release.