If Cape Cod Tourism officials have their way, Cape Codders will soon welcome visitors from China, Brazil and India.
That's the Cape Cod headline from this year's Massachusetts Tourism Summit at the Statehouse in Boston.
When the locals complain about traffic, long lines and crowded beaches, they would best remember that tourism is what feeds them. Visitors spent $902 million here in 2012 which resulted in 8,600 jobs on Barnstable County and an annual payroll of $225 million.
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross says funding for marketing the Cape as a vacation destination fell from a high of $600,000 before the recession, to a low of $180,000 three years ago.
With an increasing number of food festivals like the Bourne Scallop Festival, and the Wellfleet Oyster Festival luring larger crowds each year, the number of visitors overall should increase as well in the future, Northcross said.
Among the tourism highlights for 2014--The Cape Cod Canal Centennial, The 375th anniversary of the founding of Sandwich and the 400th anniversary of the founding of Plymouth.
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