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Local Chambers Join Forces to Spotlight Regional Tourism

HOLYOKE — The Greater Holyoke and Greater Easthampton chambers of commerce have partnered to host a Tourism Luncheon on Friday, April 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

The keynote speaker, state Rep. Michael Finn, vice chair of Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, will discuss the effects of visitor-generated tax revenue in Western Mass. Other speakers include Mary Kay Wydra, president, Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau; Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel, MGM Springfield; and Michael Mathis, president and chief operating officer, MGM Springfield. Discussions will focus on the region’s tourism and how it impacts the Pioneer Valley’s economic growth.

Community leaders, CEOs, managers, and sales professionals are encouraged to attend the luncheon and to join the discussion on the community’s role in tourism.

“I am very proud of the great strides our region has made over the years,” said Maureen Bellevue, executive director of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce.

Added Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, “we look forward to sharing highlights and results, while getting the community excited about new ways we can work together to really make a difference.”

The event is sponsored by Resnic, Beauregard, Waite & Driscoll, United Bank, and Yankee Candle. Tickets cost $30 for chamber members and $35 for the public. To register, visit business.holyokechamber.com/events or call the Greater Holyoke Chamber at (413) 534-3376 or the Greater Easthampton Chamber at (413) 527-9414.

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