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Tourism Committee

The Tourism Committee is comprised of members who are interested in bringing visitors to the Seacoast area. We work together to promote the areas as a destination and to ensure that the Chamber represents member views on local and state issues.

Mission Statement
 
To promote, develop and coordinate tourism/visitation, and create an awareness and understanding of tourism's effect on, and enhancement of, the local economy and residents' quality of life.
 
Goals & Objectives
External
  1. Generate awareness of Greater Portsmouth as a destination and increase visitation
  2. Enhance the "visitor experience"

Internal

  1. Educate members and residents about the economic importance of tourism and foster appreciation
  2. Encourage members to become engaged in the organization and its goals
  3. Educate on the importance and effect of working together to promote tourism/promote collaboration/form a united front
  4. Generate funding for tourism initiatives
    1. Capitalize on JPP opportunities
    2. Increase and build on "pay-to-play" initiatives for members.
  5. Become involved with projects that impact the city
  6. Advocate to the city and state governments on issues that impact tourism businesses
  7. Enhance web site so that members may enter and update data.
Current Projects
 
The Tourism committe has just approved the marketing initiatives for FY 2004. We will be applying for a Joint Promotional Program grant for matching funds from the NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development. Then, members will be asked to support the initiatives that they feel will best help them achieve their business goals. For the first time we have included television advertising in the Boston metropolitan area. Additionally, we will be running ads in Yankee Magazine, Yankee Travel Guide and on their website. We also plan to promote the Guide to the Seacoast in the State's winter and spring insert in major northeastern newspapers in the US and Canada. Trade shows and direct mail are a part of the marketing plan as well.
 
Meeting time: 8 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the Chamber conference room.
 
Committee Members
Barrie Hanlon, Rumbletree
Bev Parker, Hickory Pond Inn & Golf Course
Billie Tooley, Strawbery Banke
Emily Lusher, Strawbery Banke
Debbie Jordan, Northeast Charter Boat Co.
Diane Hodun, Sise Inn
Doris Burke, PSNH
Ellen White, Federals Savings Bank
Emily Lusher, Strawbery Banke
Gail Pare, Portsmouth Historic House Assoc.
Geraldine Copeland, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Dennis Robinson, SeacoastNH.com
Jane Dodge, Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites
Jean Rozema, Wren's Nest Village Inn
JoAnn Actis-Grande, Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
June Adams, CTM Brochure Display
Kim Schuman, Children's Museum of Portsmouth
Lisa Grella, Ocean Properties
Lynn Smith, Kittery Outlets
Mary Ann Flatten, FastSigns
Mary Ann Sewell, Breakfast Hill Golf Club
Nancy Carmer, City of Portsmouth
Paul S. Ford, Regal Limousine Service
Robin Whittaker, Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
Sandi Clark, Seacoast Rep
Shari Young, Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel
Carlos Quinons, Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel
Shelly Britton, Pony Pals
Carol Renselaer, Heritage Tours of the Seacoast
Steve Weiler, Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel
Sue MacDonald, PDA
Wendy Lull, Seacoast Science Center
Marc Carbonneau, Ocean National Bank
Michelle Cross, Yokens/Comfort Inn
Kevin Powell, Radici
Kristin Sullivan-Crowell, New England Destinations
Sue Wright, Comcast

Minutes

Tourism Committee Minutes,
October 2004 (Download Microsoft Word File)

Tourism Committee Minutes,
September 2004 (Download Microsoft Word File)

Tourism Committee Minutes,
June 2004
(Download Microsoft Word File)

Tourism Committee Minutes
May 2004 (Download Microsoft Word File)

Updates

Dec 2003



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