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 stateâ€™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 Rellâ€™s representative in Eastern Connecticut, Jeffrey Nelson was questioned by business owners at an economic forum in Mystic Thursday. He says thereâ€™s no decision yet.
The forum also saw concern expressed over increased competition in the gaming industry, which threatens revenues at Connecticutâ€™s two tribal casinos.