HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut launched its newest
tourism campaign Thursday, marketing the state as an attraction offering
a lot without a long drive.
The $3.4 million advertising and social media effort unveiled at a
tourism conference in Hartford will run through August. It will appear
in nearby markets such as the New York City area, Hartford-New Haven,
Providence, R.I., and western Massachusetts.
Connecticut launched its "Still Revolutionary" marketing campaign in
2012 seeking to draw attention to the state's role in both the
Revolutionary War and Industrial Revolution.
The industry generated about $11.5 billion annually in economic
activity in Connecticut and accounted for about 110,000 jobs in 2011,
according to state officials.
However, Fred Carstensen, director of the Connecticut Center for
Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut, said the numbers are
outdated and more recent data are not available. State officials are
not funding research into the economic impact of tourism, making it
difficult to tailor marketing efforts properly, he said.
"We mostly throw darts," Carstensen said. "Sometimes we hit a target. Sometimes we break a window." More here.