CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM IN THE NEWS.... CURRENT NEWS
June 1 - 30, 2009
Tourism now top industry in Southland
Long Beach Press-Telegram - Long Beach, California
Museums in Los Angeles report increases in attendance from last year.
Worcester Telegram - Worcester, Massachusetts
The Worcester Art Museum is one of the grant recipients benefiting from the $12.4 million economic stimulus investment in 85 Massachusetts organizations. Grants are administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and are funded by an appropriation in the 2009 Massachusetts state budget and an allocation from a 2009 Massachusetts capital bond.
Businesses fear budget cuts to tourism
The Hour - Norwalk, Connecticut
Connecticut’s state budget proposed by Governor M. Jodi Rell includes large cuts for culture and tourism and would merge the Commission on Cultural and Tourism into the Department of Economic Development. Opponents say that cultural and tourism brings in $9 for every $1 spent by the state.
Cicilline details city plan to boost arts
Providence Business News - Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island has completed an arts and culture plan for the city entitled “Creative Providence: A Cultural Plan for the Creative Sector.” The plan is based on community feedback gathered over the past two years and outlines recommendations to strengthen and promote the arts in Providence
State Commission on Culture Likely to Be "Smerged"
Hartford Courant - United States
The Connecticut legislature is considering making the Connecticut Commission on Arts and tourism part of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, a downsizing that would save around $800,000.
County Stimulus Funds Earmark the Arts and Fuel Innovative Tourism Marketing Campaigns
PR Newswire (press release) - New York, New York
The Palk Beach County Board of County Commissioners has approved a $3 million stimulus package to help tourism agencies attract tourists. The stimulus package includes $473,500 for the Palm Beach Cultural Council for out-of-county marketing and for grants to 35 major and mid-size cultural organizations for their out-of-county marketing efforts.
What History Will Arizona Celebrate in 2012?
Daily Kos - Berkeley, California
As Arizona prepares to celebrate the state’s centennial in 2012, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has announced that the Arizona Historical Society will be phased out over the next five years. The proposed cuts would affect state museums in Tucson, Tempe, Flagstaff, Yuma and Prescott as well as impacting a number of other small institutions that have received legislative support.
5 local sites part of Civil War Trails program
Parkersburg News - Parkersburg, West Virginia
West Virginia is identifying Civil War sites for the West Virginia Civil War Trails program. Five of the 150 sites are in Wood and Wirt County in West Virginia. Selected sites will have a sign describing significant events, locations and personalities of the War. Other local plans in Wood and Wirt County for the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Civil War include a symposium, a documentary, maps, brochures and an interactive display.
CFF presents over $12 million in cultural grants at BCA
South End News - Boston, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) is investing $12.4 million in grants for the cultural and tourism industry in Massachusetts. CFF has awarded 95 grants to 85 organizations. According to Anita Walker, the executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, these grants will create 5,700 construction jobs and 600 permanent positions. Every dollar invested in these grants brings $5 in new economic activity.
New Mexico to Mount Ecotourism Initiative
Leisure Group Travel - Willowbrook, Illinois
In an effort to allow New Mexico the opportunity to capitalize on what has become a fast-growing segment in the worldwide tourism industry, New Mexico Tourism Department Secretary Michael Cerletti has announced that a Request For Proposals (RFP) “for planning, coordination, implementation and administration of an Ecotourism Program” has been issued.
In search of historic sites
Buffalo News - New York
The National Park Service is trying to find more Underground Railroad sites in Niagara and Erie counties and all along the Erie Canal. It's a great opportunity for heritage tourism, said Lori Solomon- Duell of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Yellowstone Region hopes to expand tourism year 'round
Wyoming Business Report - Cheyenne, Wyoming
The Yellowstone Business Partnership and National Geographic have teamed up to produce the Geotourism Map Guide to Yellowstone and a companion website in hopes of encouraging year-round visitation.
The Cultural Traveler Guidebook's 2010 Edition to be Launched
PressReleasePoint - Denver, Colorado
The Museum Store Association (MSA) and US Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council (USCHT) have announced plans to publish the 2010 Cultural Travel Guidebook.
Kentucky Experience to share the state's highlights with WEG visitors
Business Lexington - Lexington, Kentucky
The Kentucky Experience, an interactive collection of tourism exhibits, arts and entertainment presentations, and Kentucky-made product sales and samplings, will showcase the best that Kentucky has to offer during the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington.
Miami-Dade eyes arts task force
MiamiHerald.com - Miami, Florida
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa has introduced a resolution to create the Miami-Dade County Performing and Visual Arts Task Force -- a 19-member panel of civic and business leaders, members of the county's Cultural Affairs Council, arts funders and administrators.
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