BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Lodging Association (MLA) commended Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) for his efforts to reach out to the lodging and tourism industry in western Massachusetts.
Downing joined more than a dozen hoteliers and tourism vendors from the region at an informative luncheon at the historic Cranwell Resort in Lenox on November 20th. The forum gave participants from the Berkshires, greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley an opportunity to sit with their legislators and discuss issues of importance to the lodging industry.
“We are committed to helping the third-largest employer in the Commonwealth – tourism – to stay strong, especially during these difficult economic times,” said Paul J. Sacco, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Lodging Association, which hosted the event. “This type of forum helps the lodging industry forge strong lines of communication and partnership with our state legislators.”
The group of industry representatives and legislators shared a candid policy discussion on issues such as an increase to Turnpike tolls, the struggling economy and tourism marketing. Downing was recognized by the group as someone who understands and appreciates the significance of the industry in the forty-eight communities he represents.
“The MLA is very appreciative of Senator Downing’s willingness to take time out of his busy schedule to take part in this meeting,” said Serge Denis, MLA Government Affairs Committee Chair. “He is clearly a friend to the lodging and tourism industry.”