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    1. Bradley International Airport to Debut New, Nonstop Service to Atlanta With Frontier Airlines

      Bradley International Airport to Debut New, Nonstop Service to Atlanta With Frontier Airlines

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is pleased to announce the debut of new, nonstop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Frontier Airlines. “We’re delighted to announce new nonstop service between Hartford and Atlanta,” said Tyri Squyres, Vice President of Marketing, Frontier Airlines. “Our focus is delivering ‘Low Fares Done Right’ and this new service represents our continued commitment to affordable flying and expanding travel opportunities for Connecticut flyers.”

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    2. Tourist Economy Is Coming Back

      Tourist Economy Is Coming Back

      Every sector of the economy, and every business, large or small, has been impacted by this global pandemic. But this region’s large and important hospitality and tourism sector has easily been the hardest-hit. The hotels, restaurants, tourists attractions, event venues, and cultural institutions have been pummeled by this crisis. Some have not survived; those that have are battered and bruised, and that goes for small mom-and-pop operations, the $1 billion MGM Springfield resort casino, and everything in between.

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    3. Jacob’s Pillow Looks to Rebound from a Horrific 2020

      Jacob’s Pillow Looks to Rebound from a Horrific 2020

      or Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, the nation’s largest and longest running dance festival, 2020 was a lost year in almost every respect. That’s almost, and we’ll get to that silver lining, if it can be called that, shortly. First, all those losses. Jacob’s Pillow lost an entire season of live performances and all the revenue that comes with it, forcing a 50% reduction in the budget, layoffs, and other cutbacks. It also lost some momentum when it comes to fundraising, especially for a much-needed renovation of its main stage, the Ted Shawn Theatre, or the ...

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    4. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Optimistic for 2021

      Tourism and Hospitality Industry Optimistic for 2021

      Mary Kay Wydra learned a couple new phrases over the past few months. “The buzz term is ‘revenge spending,’” the president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) said. “That is, ‘I’ll spend more on things I was denied because of COVID.’ Things like in-person entertainment, eating at restaurants next to people, and travel.” The other buzzword making its way around the tourism industry is ‘vacation retaliation,’ and it means roughly the same thing. She likes those phrases — or, more accurately, what those sentiments portend. “That bodes well for us as a region,” she told BusinessWest. “We are ...

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    5. MGM Must Get Back on the Ramp

      MGM Must Get Back on the Ramp

      When everyone gathered on Main Street that hot August day back in 2018 to mark the opening of MGM Springfield, no one really knew what to expect or what the future would bring. Certainly, no one could have predicted what the scene would be like two and half years later. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic took a resort casino that was ‘ramping up’ — that’s the phrase we kept hearing over and again from past and present leaders — and knocked it completely off the ramp. The casino was shuttered for several months, and when it reopened, it was only at a ...

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    6. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens for sale; family of founder George Miller seeks buyer with ‘a passion for butterflies’

      Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens for sale; family of founder George Miller seeks buyer with ‘a passion for butterflies’

      Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens boasts more than 4,000 colorful insect residents, representing 50 species from around the world. And soon, the roadside attraction may have a new owner. Current owners George E. Miller III of Bernardston and Kathleen A. Fiore of Northfield started looking last week for a buyer at the business their father, George E. Miller Jr., helped create in 1999. Magic Wings has drawn more than 2 million visitors since it first opened.

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    7. Springfield BID Announces More Initiatives to Support Local Restaurants and Spread some Much-Needed Holiday Cheer

      Springfield BID Announces More Initiatives to Support Local Restaurants and Spread some Much-Needed Holiday Cheer

      In a continued effort to help support our restaurants, the Springfield Business Improvement District has teamed up with Bright Nights and MGM Springfield to try to add some extra holiday cheer. For a limited time only, the Springfield Regional Visitor Center will be selling gift cards to participating downtown restaurants. For every purchase, customers will receive a FREE pass to Bright Night’s. The Springfield Regional Visitor Center is located at 1319 Main Street in Downtown Springfield, MA. Open Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm, Saturday 12pm – 4pm. Customers can also call the Visitor Center, 413-781-1591, to purchase the gift cards and ...

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    8. Put your money where your heart is’: Groups mount promotional push for Springfield restaurants

      Put your money where your heart is’: Groups mount promotional push for Springfield restaurants

      Local organizations are urging the public to rally in support of Springfield restaurants by purchasing meals over the next 10 days. The citywide promotion, named Springfield’s Restaurant Rally, starts Friday and continues through Dec. 13. It’s intended to help the businesses as they cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

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    9. Eastern States Exposition to host Winter Wonder Drive-Thru with light experience, special effects and 3D hologram show

      Eastern States Exposition to host Winter Wonder Drive-Thru with light experience, special effects and 3D hologram show

      The Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield is being transformed into the spirit of Christmas for a family-friendly show this holiday season. The Winter Wonder Drive-Thru offers “a unique lighting experience, special effects and a 3-D hologram show.”

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    10. Bright Nights Will Be a Bright Spot in a Trying Year

      Bright Nights Will Be a Bright Spot in a Trying Year

      Judy Matt says the Spirit of Springfield (SOS) exists for one reason — to entertain residents across the region and create some memories. It hasn’t been able to do any of that to this point in 2020, obviously, and Matt, the long-time executive director of the nonprofit agency, has been frustrated and disappointed by this reality. Annual events such as the pancake breakfast (long heralded as the world’s largest), the Fourth of July fireworks, and the Big Balloon Parade have been wiped off the calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there remains uncertainty about whether any of those ...

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    11. Region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Proves Resilient

      Region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Proves Resilient

      When the Big E recently announced the sale of 100 ‘golden tickets’ — lifetime passes for the holder and a guest, plus parking and other perks — for $1,000 each, it was an exciting promotion for fans of the annual fair and a way to keep the event top of mind during a year when it was called off because of the pandemic.

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    12. Event-production Companies Turn to Virtual Events to Fill the Void - BusinessWest

      Event-production Companies Turn to Virtual Events to Fill the Void - BusinessWest

      While most of the business world slowed gradually in March, or even ground to an eventual halt, the story was more dire for the events industry.  It just … stopped. “When the whole country shut down, we were impacted immediately. We were one of the first business sectors to really feel the effects,” said Andrew Jensen, president of Jx2 Productions, noting that among the state’s first orders was barring large — and eventually even modestly sized — gatherings.

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    13. MassMutual Center, UMass, AIC to co-host 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional

      MassMutual Center, UMass, AIC to co-host 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional

      The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that the MassMutual Center, in conjunction with American International College and the University of Massachusetts, has been selected to host a 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional, marking the first time the event has been held at the MassMutual Center.  “We are extremely excited to be hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Regional Ice Hockey Championships in 2024,” said Sean Dolan, General Manager of the MassMutual Center. “We are looking forward to partnering with both the University of Massachusetts and American International College as we welcome hockey fans ...

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    14. Western Mass. tourism industry and small businesses brace for trouble ahead as pandemic pressures bottom lines

      Western Mass. tourism industry and small businesses brace for trouble ahead as pandemic pressures bottom lines

      Due to the coronavirus pandemic, expenses for many businesses across Massachusetts are going up, but incomes have declined for most industries, some by fifty percent or more in many cases. In Western Massachusetts, tourism, restaurants and entertainment venues have seen the largest declines with many businesses looking at furloughs, layoffs and in some cases closures.

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    15. ‘It was going to be a banner year’: Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement move called unfortunate but necessary

      ‘It was going to be a banner year’: Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement move called unfortunate but necessary

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s decision to move its 2020 enshrinement out of 2020 and out of Springfield costs the city. Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, said her job now is to help the hall recover as soon as possible.

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    16. Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 induction moved to Mohegan Sun; layoffs, pay cuts announced - masslive.com

      Basketball Hall of Fame 2020 induction moved to Mohegan Sun; layoffs, pay cuts announced - masslive.com

      The Hall of Fame announced Friday that the 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony festivities have been rescheduled to May 13-15, 2021, due to the continuing impact of COVID-19. The organization had been hopeful to find a viable date this October if the pandemic showed signs of subsiding, according to a statement.

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    17. Springfield Museums to Present ‘Heroes in Healthcare’ Exhibit

      Springfield Museums to Present ‘Heroes in Healthcare’ Exhibit

      The Springfield Museums will present “Heroes in Healthcare: Celebrating Springfield’s Medical Community” at the Wood Museum of Springfield History from Aug. 3 through Jan. 24, 2021. As a complementary exhibit to Hall of Heroes, located on the first floor of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, “Heroes in Healthcare” pinpoints the deep appreciation we all feel for those who put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others.

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    18. Pioneer Valley tourism promotion gets $250K boost from state as industry emerges from coronavirus shutdowns, State Sen. Eric Lesser announces

      Pioneer Valley tourism promotion gets $250K boost from state as industry emerges from coronavirus shutdowns, State Sen. Eric Lesser announces

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will step up its advertising — in states were folks can legally visit Massachusetts without first quarantining, and here at home — with $250,000 in funding announced Monday by state Sen. Eric P. Lesser. The money comes from the $1.1 billion supplemental budget signed into law last week by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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    19. ESE Searches for Revenue Streams After 2020 Big E Is Canceled

      ESE Searches for Revenue Streams After 2020 Big E Is Canceled

      As he talked with BusinessWest about the cancellation of this year’s Big E and how the Eastern States Exposition (ESE) will respond to that huge loss of revenue, Gene Cassidy stopped and pointed to a picture at the opposite end of the company’s large conference room. “That’s J. Loring Brooks, son of Joshua L. Brooks, founder of the Eastern States Exposition,” said Cassidy, president and CEO of ESE. “He was the Big E’s chief development officer. When the Eastern States had rainy fairs or fairs where, for one reason or another, we didn’t make any ...

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    20. After Four Challenging Months, Museums Reopen to a Different World

      After Four Challenging Months, Museums Reopen to a Different World

      Kay Simpson says the top priority before reopening Springfield Museums was making sure both visitors and staff would be safe. “Kissing Through a Curtain” is an exhibit of 10 contemporary artists, dealing with communicating and translating across borders, how people interact, and the meaning behind words. It was hung at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in March, a few days before the museum closed due to COVID-19 — and there it has hung, dormant, ever since.

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    21. ‘This is where we had to be’: Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame reopens following $23M renovation, coronavirus shutdown

      ‘This is where we had to be’: Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame reopens following $23M renovation, coronavirus shutdown

      In a modernization push, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year updated its exhibits with interactive touchscreen-activated kiosks as part of a $23 million top-to-bottom renovation. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic made touching shared surfaces and going around without a mask troublesome.

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