Tourism in the Mystic Country region is a $3.8 billion industry, generating more than 58,000 jobs in eastern Connecticut. Together, we can do something even greater. Whether it’s timely research, tourism planning tools, or inspiration for your next marketing campaign, our aim is to provide resources to support the work that you do.

Important Updates

Thank you for your support

  • July 14th, 2015

Once again we are pleased to report that in the recently concluded session of the Connecticut Legislature, the General Assembly and the Governor reached a comprise budget that provides funding for the Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic Country for FY ’16 and FY’17. The final budget has a decrease of 12%, or $67,984, for ERTD.

We appreciate that the needs were greater than ever this year and that achieving a final budget was a difficult process. Our special thanks go to the ERTD Board of Directors, the tourism industry constituents, the State Senators and Representatives of Eastern Connecticut as well as the municipal leaders of […]

New Research Data Available

  • February 25th, 2015

Economic Impact of Travel in Connecticut

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the results of an economic impact study of the tourism industry in Connecticut, showing that the sector of the state’s economy generated $14 billion in total sales in 2013 – a three-percent increase from the prior year.  The study also shows that tourism supports more than 118,000 jobs statewide – including 80,000 direct jobs – representing 5.3 percent of all employment in the state.  Approximately 5,000 new jobs have been created in the industry since the end of the recession. Click here for the Economic Impact of Travel in Connecticut, […]


2016 Connecticut Visitors Guide & FSI Informational Meetings

  • September 21st, 2015

The Connecticut Official Visitor Guide is going to be changing in 2016. To fully understand these major changes, we recommend attending one of these three meetings.

Please join Lori Stockman, our partner from Madden Media, along with the Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic […]

ERTD/Mystic Country prepares for the Summer season

  • June 16th, 2015

While the Governor has not yet signed the final budget for the State of Connecticut, the Eastern Regional Tourism District has been hard at work making sure that the marketing initiatives created in preparation for a successful 2015 summer season for […]

Tourism News

U.S. Travel Outlook for 2015

  • July 30th, 2015

After a disappointing start to the year in the first quarter, clear signs of improvement offer solid evidence that the economic expansion is back on track—job growth and consumer confidence have picked up, personal disposable income and consumer spending have also showed improvement. At the same time, inflation remains tame. Meanwhile, a strong value of the dollar against other […]

The Last Green Valley – Small Grants for Historic & Cultural Resources

  • July 14th, 2015

Deadline – August 20, 2015

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is pleased to announce a small grant round for projects that preserve, interpret, promote, or market historical and cultural resources. TLGV encourages projects that use digital technology, social media, […]

Connecticut Open House is June 13, 2015

  • April 7th, 2015

Deadline for Participation & Inclusion in Promotional Materials April 10, 2015

Register today – don’t miss this opportunity to promote your property, at no cost, to Connecticut residents statewide. This one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism to Connecticut residents who look for things […]

Connecticut Office of the Arts offers 2016 Grant Information Sessions

  • March 19th, 2015

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will be conducting information sessions on arts grants available for FY2016. Click here for program and dates…

• Arts & Community Impact project grants
• Arts Learning project grants
• Public Art project grants
• Regional Initiative Small Project Grants (to be administered by the Designated Regional Service Organizations)
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