1. Sen. Eric Lesser, lawmakers tout tourism, visit Springfield Museums | masslive.com

    Sen. Eric Lesser, lawmakers tout tourism, visit Springfield Museums | masslive.com

    In the Pioneer Valley, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, received $200,000 from the $6 million in tourism council funding, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, The grant must be matched with funds from member businesses and destinations. The money goes to fund tourism promotion including a guide book updated annually, a website and ads run by the Bureau runs out of this market touting attractions like Six Flags, the Museums and the Big E.  And there is a local tourism industry, Wydra said, it generated $750 million in local spending ...

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