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Businesses Call on Governor Rell to Appoint Tourism Commissioner
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Businesses in southeastern Connecticut are urging the Governor to appoint a tourism commissioner. The issue was raised at an economic conference held in Mystic.

Tourism is a vital industry along the state’s shoreline, and particularly in the southeast, home to the casinos, and attractions like Mystic Seaport and Aquarium. The state tourism commissioner post has now been vacant for a year - Donna Simpson, the executive director of the eastern tourism district says the lack of state level leadership is hurting the industry.

Governor Rell’s representative in Eastern Connecticut, Jeffrey Nelson was questioned by business owners at an economic forum in Mystic Thursday. He says there’s no decision yet.

The forum also saw concern expressed over increased competition in the gaming industry, which threatens revenues at Connecticut’s two tribal casinos.