“It’s a super exciting opportunity to showcase Vermont farms and food to a global audience,” said conference organizer, UVM’s Lisa Chase. “Many of the people coming to Vermont had never even heard of Vermont.”
An expected influx of tourists from Canada has hotel and campground owners on the islands optimistic about the season to come.
The land-border restrictions imposed when the Covid-19 crisis began last March will be extended until at least July 21.
Tourism businesses across Vermont are noticing leisure travelers trickling back into the state as they head into the first holiday weekend since Gov. Phil Scott lifted most Covid-19 restrictions on out-of-state travel.
Rep. Peter Welch co-authored legislation to extend funding for Brand USA, an initiative that Vermont has used to promote itself as a destination to international tourists.
Visitors made an estimated 13.95 million person trips to Vermont during 2011 for leisure, business or personal travel. Direct spending by visitors for goods and services totaled $1.7 billion, according to a report released today by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM).