The Impact of Arts, Culture and Tourism Advocacy Day
Our thanks to all who attendedÂ Arts, Culture and Tourism Advocacy DayÂ on April 8! Over two hundred arts and tourism advocates attended the event! One of the best ways to show our legislators that their constituents support the arts is to show up in large numbers for events like this. If their voters care, theyâ€™ll care!
Among the accomplishments of the day, a unanimous vote to change the name of the legislative Tourism Caucus to theÂ Arts, Culture and Tourism CaucusÂ was a significant achievement for our industry. The name change recognizes the important impact that arts and culture, along with tourism, have on our state.
As our members and followers well know, Connecticutâ€™s arts and culture industry is important in generating tourism dollars from local and out-of-state audiences, with 69% of visitors coming for arts and cultural offerings. Not including the cost of a ticket, state residents spend an additional $23.78 on average and visitors spend $49.78 per person in our state. (See Americans for the ArtsÂ Arts & Economic Prosperity 5Â Â study for more statistics.)
Clearly, collaboration among the arts, culture and tourism benefits us all. By uniting in advocacy and agreeing how tourism dollars should be spent, we are stronger togetherâ€”especially with a new Administration keenly focused on collaboration, efficiencies, job creation, and economic growth.
UPDATE: A list of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Caucus members isÂ on our website hereÂ . (Â You can find your own legislators hereÂ .)Â Please thank your legislators who are on the caucus already, and encourage those who are not to join!