Congressman Peter Welch joins congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus

first_imgRep. Peter Welch announced today that he has joined the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, at the request of the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council, to help promote the importance of the travel and tourism industry as a strong contributor to the overall economy. Vermont s tourism sector is a critical component of our state s economy and an essential source of jobs, said Rep. Welch, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. With its bipartisan focus on expanding economic opportunities in the industry, the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus will be a valuable ally for Vermont businesses and employees in the tourism sector.The latest available data shows that in 2007, visitors made an estimated 14.3 million person trips to Vermont for leisure, business or personal travel and direct spending by visitors for goods and services totaled $1.615 billion. In addition, visitor spending entirely supports an estimated 37,490 jobs for Vermonters (approximately 12% of all jobs in our state). We are extremely pleased that Congressman Welch will represent Vermont on the Travel and Tourism Caucus, said Vicky Tebbetts, Senior Vice President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council. This is an important step in promoting Vermont s vibrant travel and tourism industry and in helping others to realize the benefits that tourism brings to the overall economy.The mission of the Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus is to formulate national policy that promotes domestic and international travel for leisure, business, student, and medical.  Rep. Welch is one of nearly 100 members on the Caucus which has worked on the Travel Promotion Acts of 2007 and 2009, promoting the brand of America to the rest of the traveling world and increasing international travelers to the United States. Other accomplishments of the Caucus include hosting meetings with top US travel and tourism leaders, and supporting the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline extension, as well as offering a resolution in support of National Tourism Week.The US travel industry represents more than 16 million American workers and generates $1.8 trillion a year in economic activity. The economic benefit of travel and tourism extends to all 50 states and every congressional district, contributing more than $115 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal economies. Source: Vermont Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Rate rises: Poorest areas in Auckland hit hard

first_imgNZ Herald 16 July 2015Some of the poorest people in Auckland are being hit the hardest with big rates rises this year.Households in the suburbs of Mangere and Otahuhu face an average rates rise of 16.9 per cent this year, or more than $300.The average household rates rise is 9.9 per cent, or $214 for each household.Other suburbs copping big household increases are Avondale and New Lynn (15.7 per cent) and Beach Haven and Glenfield (16.1 per cent).The well-to-do inner city suburbs of Mt Eden and Albert are facing an average household increase of 14.9 per cent.Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said in the absence of a review of Auckland Council’s costs, the rates bills going online beg the question: “Are the levels of increase necessary?”“Ratepayers deserve to know how well the council is performing and whether they are getting good value from the average 9.9 per cent increase in their rates.“The only way to determine this is to carry out a transparent line-by-line review of council costs and plans for capital expenditure.”“Without such a review Auckland ratepayers will struggle to accept the need for the increases,” Mr Barnett said. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said an increase in rates will put many families under huge pressure.“Families throughout New Zealand have, over the past years, had to make sacrifices and look for specials and discounts as they cope with increasing prices.“They have not had the luxury of raising their income by 10 per cent with a simple vote.“It’s time that local councils including the Auckland Council took the same approach.They should not pass on out-of-control spending to families. It’s time that they too tightened their belt,” he said. read more

Costa: I won’t change

first_img Press Association He continued: “I don’t pick tournaments to score, or rivals or other teams to score against. “I’m a striker, every game I play I want to score. If it hasn’t happened in the cup, I’m hoping to God it happens on Sunday.” Costa will be making his first appearance at Wembley but Jose Mourinho may also turn to Didier Drogba, who has scored eight goals in eight games at the national stadium. The Ivorian has only lost one Wembley final in his career – a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham in the 2008 League Cup final – and insists he is as hungry as ever. “It was a difficult one to take (in 2008) because I had only just returned from the African Nations Cup and it was only my second game back for Chelsea,” Drogba said. “We started well (Drogba scored Chelsea’s goal) but we lost to the better team, it was as simple as that. “Most of the time, when you win a cup final, it is because you are the better team on the day, and this time it was Tottenham’s day.” Drogba added: “Put me there on the pitch and you will see what it means to me. “Even if you do not start the game, or you have to come off the bench, it is hard to lose a final because you are still part of the team. “It can happen but I’ll try to avoid it and if I can make a difference, even if I am only on the pitch for two minutes, I will try to do it.” Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes he is already a victim of his own reputation in England but insists he will never change his aggressive style. Costa returned to domestic action against Burnley last weekend after serving a three-match ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can. The combative forward maintains the altercation with Can was an innocent mistake but his first season at Stamford Bridge, which has included an impressive 18 goals, has been blighted by controversy. Costa, who is likely to start against Tottenham in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, admits he is a marked man now in this country but says he will be not holding back at Wembley. “I’m not going to change my way of playing,” Costa said. “I do know now that I have to be a little bit more careful because it’s not the same when I do something or when someone else does it. “Something I do, it’s talked about much more than another player. “I have to be extra careful but I’m never going to change the way I play. That’s what got me here, that’s the way I play.” Costa scored in Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat to Tottenham in January but the 26-year-old has not found the net in his last four matches and is yet to notch in any cup competition this season. “When I was at my best, I had that suspension [after Liverpool] that I still don’t even know why it happened,” he continued. “Now, I’m running a little bit behind, trying to do my best, working hard and hopefully I’ll be 100 per cent.” last_img read more