U.S. Department of Commerce Takes ‘Tastes & Sights of Connecticut’ to UK and Ireland Sept 16-20

Eastern CT – The United States Department of Commerce has announced a partnership that includes the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the Connecticut Airport Authority, and Aer Lingus, which together will participate in a tourism trade mission to Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, UK from September 16-20, 2017.
The tourism trade mission, titled the “Tastes & Sights of Connecticut,” will introduce tourism operators, travel agents and representatives from travel publications in Ireland and England to traditional Connecticut food, refreshments, and attractions, and to Connecticut’s unique culture and heritage. Industry leaders will be invited to two separate events, one in Dublin and the second in Manchester, England, where they will gain an awareness of the high quality attractions and sumptuous cuisine that is identified with Connecticut.
Special emphasis will be placed on promoting the eastern region of Connecticut. Eastern CT, commonly referred to as “shoreline CT” or “coastal CT,” is home to some of the major attractions of the state, including Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport and many others, as well as miles of sandy beaches, scenic shorelines, and examples of quaint small-town Americana.
Other venues wishing to participate should contact DCollins@ChamberECT.com or call (860) 701-9113.
“We have taken the ‘Tastes & Sights of Connecticut’ exhibition to several countries in the past and achieved great results,” said Anne Evans, District Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Services Division. “We have received a lot of positive feedback, and the presentation has been well received from individuals and organizations that coordinate travel to the United States. We are looking forward to a productive visit to Manchester and Dublin this September.”
“On behalf of all the partners involved with this project, we are very pleased to promote Connecticut on the international stage,” said Tony Sheridan, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT. “The U.S. Department of Commerce always does a fabulous job encouraging travel to American destinations and supporting the tourism industry in general. Connecticut, particularly the eastern region, can be a major draw for international visitors. We have world-class cuisine, exciting attractions, beautiful scenery, and we are within easy reach now that we have an Aer Lingus hub in Hartford.”
For additional information, as well as to learn how your tourism-related business can become involved in this joint trade mission, contact Denise Collins at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT at DCollins@ChamberECT.com or call (860) 701-9113.  

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About the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut:
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is a collaborative of business and community leaders dedicated to securing and enhancing the economic vitality of eastern Connecticut. The Chamber works to create value for its members and the region by providing forums for business networking, leadership and discussions of issues that affect the region; providing opportunities for members to showcase their products, services and accomplishments; helping small businesses succeed through educational programs; and working to reduce the costs of doing business in Connecticut.  For more information, visit www.ChamberECT.com.