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New Video Series Showcases How Connecticut Tourism Businesses Have Prioritized Safety, Enhanced Visitor Experience Amid Reopening

The videos are a component of the state’s recently launched tourism marketing campaign,

"So Good to See You, Connecticut”

HARTFORD, Conn., (July 2, 2020) – Connecticut hotels, restaurants, aquariums, museums, adventure courses and other tourism attractions across the state are ready to safely welcome back residents and visitors this summer. That’s the resounding message of a new video series launched this week by the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

The videos spotlight the many protocols Connecticut tourism businesses have put in place to welcome visitors back safely, including enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures, redesigned seating and protective barriers. Each video includes interviews with local hoteliers, restaurateurs and tourism business leaders who represent how well prepared the Connecticut tourism industry is for the return of state residents and area visitors alike. Watch or download the videos here:

In addition to showcasing safety protocols, the videos highlight new and unique experiences and services tourism businesses created in response to the new rules. These include a brand-new, fully decorated outdoor patio at Cava in Southington and drive-up check-in at The Whaler’s Inn in Mystic.

Among the businesses featured in the videos are:

Lodging:

  • Delamar, Southport
  • Even Hotel, Norwalk
  • Manor House Inn, Norfolk
  • Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, Old Saybrook
  • Spicer Mansion, Mystic
  • The Goodwin, Hartford
  • The Study at Yale, New Haven
  • The Whaler’s Inn, Mystic

Restaurants:

  • Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Noank
  • Anchor Spa, New Haven
  • Cava, Southington
  • Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook
  • La Fortuna Bar & Restaurant, Stratford
  • Millwright’s Restaurant & Tavern, Simsbury
  • Oak & Almond, Norwalk
  • West Street Grill, Litchfield

Attractions:

  • Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park, Portland
  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic
  • New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks
  • Nomad’s Outdoor Adventure, South Windsor
  • Silverman’s Farm, Easton
  • SuperCharged Racing, Montville

“Connecticut tourism businesses, as well as state residents and visitors, have done a tremendous job ensuring Connecticut sees continued public health success,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism. “As we head into peak tourism season, we hope these videos will reassure visitors that safety is our industry’s top priority—and inspire them to enjoy the state’s many outstanding recreational and tourism offerings.”

The video series is part of the state’s recently launched $1.2 million tourism marketing campaign. The campaign, themed “So Good to See You, Connecticut,” is aimed at reinvigorating revenues for the thousands of tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19-related temporary closures. Additional campaign elements, including six television advertisements, will be rolled out in the coming weeks and feature additional businesses and attractions.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the campaign by tagging Connecticut travel photos with #GoodtoCT for a chance to be featured on social media.

To see what’s reopened now, and start planning your Connecticut vacation, visit www.CTvisit.com.

 

About the Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, is dedicated to enhancing the economic growth of Connecticut’s tourism industry. Together with its many state and industry partners, the Office of Tourism works to bolster the state’s reputation as a destination that offers a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all in close proximity to each other—from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative to the culture and nature-focused. For more information, visit www.CTvisit.com.

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 Contacts:

 

Emily Pangakis

Adams & Knight

860-676-2300 x 129

emily.pangakis@adamsknight.com

 

Randy Fiveash

Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism

randall.fiveash@ct.gov