Tourism Efforts

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Eastern Regional Tourism District

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce serve as the Administrative Partner for the Eastern Regional Tourism District. The Eastern Regional Tourism District’s mission is to promote and market the District as a regional leisure and business traveler destination to stimulate economic growth. Together our organizations work diligently to support the tourism economy in eastern Connecticut.

The 41 towns we represent are: Ashford, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Mansfield, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Plainfield, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Salem, Scotland, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Thompson, Union, Voluntown, Waterford, Willington, Windham, and Woodstock. .


Connecticut Hospitality Awareness Training (CHAT)

The CT Tourism Coalition launched the CT Hospitality Awareness Training program (CHAT) to train frontline personnel who work at attractions, hotels, restaurants and other businesses that make up the Connecticut tourism industry. CHAT is Connecticut’s first online training program to educate workers on the fundamentals of hospitality service and the significance of tourism to our economy. The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT has partnered with the CT Tourism Coalition, to create an Eastern CT curriculum for CHAT.
Fam Tour Eastern CT

Regional Fam Tour

Our Fam Tours (familiarization tours) are regional tours of art, culture, and tourism attractions designed for hospitality professionals. Usually held before the the tourism season begins, Fam Tours are a fun-filled day with peer-to-peer updates about what’s happening, opening and changing in the upcoming season. Hospitality professionals will be better prepared to advise guests and make contacts for successful cross-promotions.

Staff Contact:
Courtney Assad, Directory of Administrative Partnerships

12 Tips for Tourism Recovery

By Guest AuthorOn December 16, 2020

Gust Blog: Connecticut Office of Tourism ’Tis the season for hope in this very challenging year. The coming vaccine certainly contributes greatly to our industry’s prospects...

11 Tips for Tourism Recovery

By Guest AuthorOn November 17, 2020

Guest Blog: CT Office of Tourism Business Partners As many of you know, last month we launched the Tourism Insights: Tips for Recovery program, a research-based program that...

10 Tips for Tourism Recovery

By Guest AuthorOn October 27, 2020

Guest Blog: Connecticut Office of Tourism, Tourism Business Partners We know that our tourism industry partners have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. In light of these difficult...