One lesson learned after Tropical Storm Irene was that the State and our partners in disaster response and recovery needed a consistent way to assess damage and impact to businesses, farms and cultural and historic resources and a centralized location for the information. Such a system would allow for a more collaborative and strategic response and the ability to communicate with those impacted as new assistance programs became available. It would allow us to pinpoint the types of assistance that was needed and ensure that all those impacted were offered support.
Vermont’s tourism industry is a large contributor to the state's revenue, but the success is largely determined by the industry organizations themselves. Visitors constantly experience the Vermont culture from a store clerk to the owner of a bed and breakfast, and everyone in between. General citizens - Vermonters - can even have a huge impact on the industry as they interact with the visitors, who end up getting to know the people and character of the state. In other words, anyone can get involved in promoting the state.
Ready to get started in the field of tourism and hospitality? Check out these Vermont colleges offering two and four year degrees:
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Employment opportunities in travel and tourism, which fall into the leisure and hospitality industry, are abundant, diverse and rewarding. In the United States alone, leisure and hospitality jobs are projected to total 15 million in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Globally, tourism has about 235 million jobs – about 1 in every 9 workers.
In Vermont, more than 30,000 people work in travel and tourism positions, which represents roughly 1 out of every 10 workers in the state.
There’s always more to learn about the travel industry. VDTM is building a library of instructional videos and online training classes. These resources are free and available 24/7. Check back for new additions.
The Vermont Ambassador Program is a staff training program that provides front-line employees with information and know-how to help visitors with their travel needs. Read more
Each month, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) publishes a press release highlighting many of the top events scheduled in Vermont for that month. The press release is distributed statewide to media outlets in Vermont, and is also sent to other press and news organizations throughout New England, New York and Quebec.
The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) can work with some media members to help plan or book their visits in Vermont.
Depending on the publication or news organization, and nature of the planned coverage, VDTM may be able to assist with itineraries within Vermont, lodging or admission to various attractions and destinations.
The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) is staffed to assist journalists and travel writers in attaining the information and content they need to complete tourism-related pieces that they are working on. We realize that not everybody can always travel to Vermont, so we have resources on hand to offer the media and writers editorial support.
Vermonters and visitors alike care about our historic resources. Volunteers, craftspeople, businesses, organizations, and agencies work to identify, restore, preserve, and utilize these resources. All are essential partners in Vermont’s preservation movement.