Connecticut's Tourism Director
Receives National Award and Is Re-elected to National Leadership Position
Edward Dombroskas to lead the
nation's tourism directors in revitalizing the US tourism industry
Hartford, CT - October 15, 2002 - Edward
Dombroskas, executive director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism - Department
of Economic and Community Development, was recently honored with two accolades.
Mr. Dombroskas was awarded the "Tourism Director of the Year", an
honor that holds national prestige and respect in the tourism industry. The
award was announced at the closing ceremony during the National Council of State
Tourism Directors (NCSTD) 2002 annual meeting and Educational Seminar for
Tourism Organizations (ESTO). All State and United States Territory tourism
directors nominate and vote to choose the colleague they believe most deserving
of the award due to their leadership in the tourism industry in the United
Citing a "huge vote of confidence" in
his leadership fellow state tourism directors also re-elected Mr. Dombroskas to
chair the National Council of State Tourism Directors for a second consecutive
term. The National Council is an association of the tourism directors in the 50
states and the five United States territories, and a Council of the Travel
Industry Association of America (TIA), the non-profit organization representing
all components of the U.S. travel industry.
James Abromaitis, Commissioner of Connecticut's
Department of Economic and Community Development, commented: "Ed's
re-election and this award recognize the work he has done to benefit the tourism
industry in Connecticut. They also recognize the prominence Connecticut has
achieved in national tourism. In raising the profile of Connecticut to a
national level, we hope to spur continued interest and growth in our state's
overall economic development."
These honors have great significance for
Connecticut; Mr. Dombroskas' national leadership role and his appointment to
chair the National Council acknowledge him as a national expert in the tourism
industry. These awards also provide an opportunity for Connecticut tourism
leaders to set national policy and influence the direction and efforts of the
Council and TIA.
"It is fitting and appropriate that Ed was
re-elected to chair the National Council of State Tourism Directors and awarded
with Tourism Director of the Year by his peers. Ed is dedicated to this industry
and to its future success. Today, the tourism industry is facing incredibly
demanding challenges and Ed is out there every day playing a leadership role as
the industry develops strategies to overcome these hurdles," said William
S. Norman, President and CEO of the Travel Industry Association of America.
As chair of the National Council, Mr. Dombroskas
will represent the 50 states and five territories in a board-level position at
the TIA. As chair, Mr. Dombroskas will work on developing a three-year strategic
plan for the National Council of State Tourism Directors and establishing
professional development groups within the National Council.
Mr. Dombroskas is a thirty-year veteran of
Connecticut government. He joined the department of Economic and Community
Development fourteen years ago as Senior Operating Officer and has served as
Executive Director of the Office of Tourism for the past eleven years. During
his tenure as Executive Director, the tourism industry has grown into a
well-recognized and important contributor to the Connecticut economy. Mr.
Dombroskas has introduced cooperative programs between the state and private
industry partners, coordinating over $1 million annually of additional resources
to support tourism. Under his leadership, travel and tourism have been among the
fastest growing segments of the state's economy, averaging 8 percent growth each
The Travel Industry Association of America has
been in existence since 1941 and is the recognized leader in promoting and
facilitating increased travel to and within the United States in order to make
America the world's number one tourism destination. TIA accomplishes its
objectives by providing an array of marketing programs, forums and research
publications that provide opportunities for all components of the industry, both
small and large.
The Connecticut Office of Tourism's strategic
mission is to make tourism an even more important contributor to the overall
economic development of Connecticut, to enhance the perception of Connecticut as
a vacation destination to a broader audience, and to work in full partnership
with the Connecticut business community.
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