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Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Announces
Marketing Plan for 2005 and 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. (May 23, 2005) - The Connecticut Commission on Culture
& Tourism announces its 2005 - 2006 strategic marketing plan that will serve
as the basis for the state's new advertising campaign, unveiled at a press
conference at the Capitol today. The plan will be used as a marketing roadmap
for promoting Connecticut to visitors for the upcoming tourist season.
"The strategies that resulted from this recent process are instrumental
in shaping the direction of the Commission's marketing approach for the next two
years," said Jennifer Aniskovich, Executive Director of the Connecticut
Commission on Culture & Tourism. "Collaborating with the state's five
tourism regions in creating an integrated, more focused and smarter campaign
will leverage our ability to vie for the attention of visitors in a fiercely
The strategic planning process was under the direction of a Strategic
Marketing Planning Committee that included staff members from the Connecticut
Commission on Culture & Tourism, the tourism regions, regional marketing
organizations and convention and visitors bureaus. The marketing strategy is the
result of a five-month planning process that involved in-depth research into
travel attitudes and behavior together with the analysis of existing data on
Connecticut visitors. During this planning process, all previous assumptions and
strategies were re-examined, given the challenges facing Connecticut tourism in
the next two years.
Challenges for Tourism
Tourism is fast becoming a major growth industry for the state of Connecticut,
with an economic impact far larger and more pervasive than many citizens and
businesses might realize. Industry data and previous successes support this
position. For example:
- Tourists spent nearly $10 billion in Connecticut in
- Travel and tourism in Connecticut generated:
- $2.3 billion in state
and local revenue in 2001
- 146,178 jobs in Connecticut in 2001
continued growth of tourism in Connecticut is a major challenge identified in
the plan. Since 2003, funding for statewide tourism marketing in Connecticut has
dropped 33%. Coupled with reduced funds supporting the Regional Tourism
District's marketing efforts, the state's investment in Connecticut's Tourism
industry decreased $6.5 million. Tourism no longer has a dedicated source of
funding-either at the state or regional level. These economic realities have
played a major role in shaping the strategies and tactics listed below and
outlined in the state's marketing plan.
Brand Identity Strategy
The plan clearly
positions Connecticut as the only destination that offers all the traditional
qualities of New England plus the vibrant, contemporary entertainment and
cultural experiences that make a trip interesting and fun - all within a couple
of hours' drive. A getaway to Connecticut promises quick relief from the humdrum
of daily life where you can just breathe. The core creative strategy emphasizes
the emotional benefits of the Connecticut getaway experience with a chance to
escape, relax, and return home refreshed and reinvigorated.
The 2005/2006 marketing plan features a number of
new strategies, including:
- A new level of collaboration between the
Commission and tourism regions to maximize the state's overall marketing
- A clearer definition of Connecticut's
brand identity strategy for travel and tourism (New England PLUS)
- A tighter
focus on Connecticut's primary target audience (women 35-54 who primarily travel
- A more singular state media strategy (television,
newspaper inserts, online).
- A tighter focus on spring-summer seasons.
increased emphasis on promoting cultural attractions and activities within
What Stays the Same
At the same time, certain proven strategies
from previous plans remain in place.
- A continued commitment to influencing
the greatest number of potential visitors possible (versus settling for a
fractional niche approach).
- A continued focus on Metro New York as the market
with the greatest visitor potential.
- A continued reliance on television as
the most effective medium for delivering the state's message.
- A continued
reliance on online marketing to inform consumers about Connecticut.
continued reliance on public relations to enhance Connecticut's media exposure.
The Connecticut Commission on Culture
& Tourism brings together tourism, film, history and the arts. Its mission
is to preserve and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to
enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state. The Connecticut
Commission on Culture & Tourism is located at One Financial Plaza, 755 Main
Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103.
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