NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Budget cuts on Beacon Hill may have a trickle down effect that impacts regional tourism in a big way. Some businesses told 22News they’re worried that no one is looking out for them.
With no more Business Improvement District in Northampton, businesses have been forced to get more creative in self-marketing. Now, with a proposed $8 Million cut to regional tourism funding, there’s less money available locally to attract people to Western Mass.
Northampton is a city that relies heavily on vacationing tourists and day visitors.
Seth Newton, the manager of Sam’s Pizzeria, told 22News getting tourists through the door is critical, especially when college is out.
“We rely pretty heavily on a lot of the tourists that come through, especially during the warmer months when the students go away. It helps bring money and business to a place that might not have gotten it if that money wasn’t helping us out, so I’m a little concerned,” said Newton.
It’s already been a tough season for tourism. In November of last year, former Gov. Patrick made a $4.5 Million cut to tourism, and the state’s economy is estimated to have lost $1 Billion in revenue from retailers, restaurants and hotels because of the weather.