We actually exist. We’re back on the map and colored in orangey red -- all for $100,000.
Discover New England, a regional tourism organization, kicked Connecticut off the map late last year because the state did not pay the group’s $100,000 in annual dues. It also removed Connecticut from its marketing materials and other efforts.
Gov. Dannel Malloy called the decision to drastically reduce tourism marketing funds “pennywise and pound foolish” and he’s directed “other funds within existing resources” to be pay the dues immediately.
“I’m pleased that we could release this money – which had already been allocated to the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism – so quickly and get the state back on the map with its New England neighbors,” Malloy said in a statement. “As I’ve said before, my overarching goal is to ensure people know Connecticut is open for business. With our inclusion once again in Discover New England, we’re sending that message loud and clear.”