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"This devastation has caused significant hardship on our employees, fellow vendors, and all of the supporting ancillary businesses, which is approximately 32,000 jobs per month.”
It's one of five NCAA events that together are projected to generate close to $3 million in revenue in the regions where they will play.
The convention business “will take a while before coming back,” said Robert Murdock, president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “It’s really all about safety right now, and getting the virus under control.”
“We are starting to plan for our economic recovery and continue to look to book events over the next couple of years,” says Thomas Madden, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau chair and Director of Economic Development for Stamford.
“We are an economic driver for the state," says the bureau's president Robert Murdock. "If you give us more money, we will make more money for you."
Murdock has also been elected president of the board of the New England Society of Convention & Visitor Bureaus, which collectively markets the region as a premier destination for meetings, conventions and sports events.
Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the organization’s interim president will be Robert Murdock, its current director of sports marketing.
“Four years ago, we only did a small fraction of our business in Fairfield and Litchfield. That’s no longer the case," said the group's president, H. Scott Phelps.