For Immediate Release - October 21, 2010


Lieutenant Governor Murray joins Mayor Flanagan and local officials for economic development roundtable

BOSTON - Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today joined Fall River Mayor William Flanagan and Betsy Wall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, for a roundtable discussion aimed at promoting economic development and travel and tourism in the City of Fall River.

"We are pleased to work with the City of Fall River to enhance the city's current travel and tourism," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "By working with cities and towns across the Commonwealth, we can identify municipal assets, attractions, and economic development opportunities that will boost local and regional economies."

As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's continued efforts to support local and regional economic development projects, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has been working closely with the City of Fall River to build partnerships and leverage existing state and local resources that will improve the city's travel and tourism industry. Today's roundtable was an opportunity to engage with local officials as well as business and community organizations to develop best practices and strategies that will promote travel and tourism in the region.

"We are working with the Mayor's office to shed light on the great assets that Fall River has to offer," said Betsy Wall, Executive Director of MOTT. "We are looking forward to a continued partnership and helping to support this rich and unique city."

"With the assistance of the Lieutenant Governor and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, we as a city can promote our local attractions and draw business to our city," said Mayor William Flanagan of Fall River.

Travel and tourism is a critical component of regional economic development. Tourism development within a community can shape a city's image as a lively place to visit, work and live. By working with MOTT, the City of Fall River continues to discuss and develop ways to leverage existing resources such as hotels, restaurants, museums and galleries that will attract travel and tourism while also developing new opportunities for growth.

In advance of today's roundtable discussion, MOTT worked closely with Fall River officials to assess the city's current tourism assets. Fall River has a diverse population with a variety of cultural traditions, restaurants, attractions and destinations, including the Waterfront/Battleship Cove, Marine Museum, Carousel and Heritage State Park. Additionally, the City is in close proximity to other destinations in the region, including Plymouth and Cape Cod.

Following today's roundtable discussion, the City of Fall River will continue to work with MOTT and develop additional partnerships to improve tourism as part of the city's economic development strategy.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination in order to stimulate the Massachusetts economy by generating state and local tax revenues, creating jobs, and supporting the growth of travel-related businesses. MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, bringing together the public and private sectors to promote Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination. Tourism is an integral part of the state's economy, generating more than $944 million in state and local taxes and $15.1 billion in travel related expenditures. The industry supports 127,800 in-state jobs.


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