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Old 04-24-2014, 08:32 AM
 
Location: CT
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State Tourism Office Announces $3.4 Million Campaign, Contest - Courant.com

You think this will bring people to see what exactly again? Mystic? Great Beaches?
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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It doesn't say where they are running the ads? if they run the adds in CT, waste of money. if they are running the ads in other States than we might be able to stir up some business.

if I remember correctly last time they did this they ran ads in CT. What is the point of that? Maybe for different parts of CT to see what others offer. IDK. CT is not a "tourist" State. We have some cool stuff, but to spend a week here on vacation is somewhat of a joke. CT is a great 2 day drip State.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I don't understand why the state can't hire an agency to do a half decent spot.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:46 PM
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The ad will most likely be shown in the surrounding states and maybe a few further afield (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont; New Hampshire, etc).
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If You Spend It, They Will Come by Matthew Hennessey, City Journal 24 April 2014
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I don't really consider Connecticut a good tourist destination for anything other than day trips, honestly. It's a nice state to live in, but I wouldn't vacation here even if I didn't live here.

If you really want beaches, there are much better beaches to be found elsewhere. Other spots to visit are of mild interest, maybe for a day or so.

Maybe gambling junkees would like Mohegan Sun, but even that is a 3-day visit at most.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Northeast states
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MA and RI Tourisim >>>>> CT Tourisim
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:16 PM
 
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I don't really consider Connecticut a good tourist destination for anything other than day trips, honestly. It's a nice state to live in, but I wouldn't vacation here even if I didn't live here.

If you really want beaches, there are much better beaches to be found elsewhere. Other spots to visit are of mild interest, maybe for a day or so.

Maybe gambling junkees would like Mohegan Sun, but even that is a 3-day visit at most.
Agreed. While its not bad living here for the most part, its not that great to be a vacation spot. Me and my g/f have much better times going up to Vermont, Maine, etc. Better shopping, scenery and what not if you ask me in other nearby states.
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: deep forest...BEARS?
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Yet from the point of view of a former CT resident, CT can be a vacation destination, albeit a small one. When I moved to Western MA, some people (newbies mostly) actually thought they had to go to the Cape to get beach. When I told them about Hammonasset you'd have thought they had found Nirvana. It's a much shorter drive than the Cape if you live in WMass for a day trip.

Then there are historical and even genealogical trips for people. Old Saybrook is OLD. Retired people especially, love to go and find their roots, look at the old records, see where their ancestors lived. You have a beautiful and historical
area along the shore so I'd say--play it up!

When I lived in CT I always loved Essex as the quintessential New England town. People from other parts of the country have an image of New England that Essex fulfills. I especially loved Essex at Christmas time.

Mystic Seaport, of course, goes without saying. So while CT is mostly a good place for living, there are some good places that tourists would like to visit.
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I think a tourism campaign can easily focus on surrounding states. CT is great for day or weekend trips. You would not fly here as a destination. If their media buy is mostly in CT, NY, MA, RI, maybe even NJ - that's a good move.

The commercial itself is the problem. Always has been.
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