State commerce secretary promises boost in tourism spending

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor says the state is reversing what he says has been insufficient tourism promotion.

The Westerly Sun reports that he spoke Tuesday to the Misquamicut Business Association. He said his department, Commerce Rhode Island, is committed to spending about $4 million next year to promote in other states Rhode Island as a tourist destination.

Pryor said Rhode Island now spends $470,000 to promote Rhode Island to audiences in other states.

The plan requires approval by the state General Assembly of his agency’s recommendation to obtain a portion of the money through an initial 2 percent reduction in money allotted to the state’s six tourism councils.

He says the reduction will increase to 5 percent in subsequent years.

Pryor says tourism officials must pool resources and coordinate.

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