Connecticut tourism – CNCTB Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Connecticut tourism – CNCTB 32 32 Coventry and Mansfield want to improve tourism Thu, 29 Sep 2022 05:33:21 +0000

September 28—The cities of Coventry and Mansfield are among four cities seeking input from community members on how to improve their tourism brand.

The cities of Bolton, Coventry, Mansfield and Tolland have engaged Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising to create a tourism brand for the four-city region. This new collective branding of the territory as a destination will complement each city’s marketing and will not replace each city’s logo or branding.

An Economic Vitality Action Plan prepared in 2020 by AdvanceCT in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development determined that the area could better promote its assets to encourage visitor attraction and business growth.

According to the action plan, the area has the potential to become a tourist attraction.

“The action plan recommended that the region have a significant opportunity to be considered a premier dining, shopping and gaming destination, based on its distinctive mix of resources across the four cities,” reads- on in a statement posted to the online survey.

Resources in the four cities include outdoor recreation, agriculture and agritourism, culture and entertainment, institutions of higher learning, and small businesses and entrepreneurs.

At this point, the four cities would like community feedback on draft branding options.

The survey is short and will only take you a few minutes. The survey is open to everyone, regardless of city of residence. Responses will remain anonymous.

A link to the online survey can be found on the City of Coventry website ( under news and announcements. A link to the Economic Vitality Action Plan can be found in the survey.

The survey must be completed by October 11.


100,000 people expected September 24-25
Headliners: Stevie Nicks, David Matthews, Brandi CarlileLuminous

HARTFORD, Conn., September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — After a record summer for tourism in ConnecticutCTvisit is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming inaugural Sound on Sound (SoS) music festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut September 24-25.

Connecticut was recently ranked the top state in the nation for increased growth in overnight car travel, a 10.6% year-over-year increase, according to upstart. Moreover, according to STRroom revenue for FY22 [7/1/21-6/30/22] was at an all-time high of 67.5%, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Tourism in the state has also exceeded expectations with hotel occupancy up nearly 15% year-to-date [through July 2022] and more than 30% for FY22.

Connecticut has increasingly become a world-class destination for travellers,” said Noelle Stevenson, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Our accessibility, coupled with an endless array of rich culinary influences, cultural attractions, and diverse experiences, is what makes the state a favorite to visit for so many.”

This weekend’s Sound on Sound festival, headlining Stevie Nicks, David Matthews, Brandi Carlile and The Lumineers, is expected to attract more than 60,000 people worldwide, helping to boost the economy of Bridgeport and surrounding areas.

“We are delighted to host the Sound on Sound music festival Bridgeport CTwhich is a great way to kick off the fall season,” Stevenson said. “This festival is one of the biggest events Connecticut tourism for a long time. Our partnership with SoS will bring together our community and visitors from around the world and from all walks of life. A music festival of this caliber, featuring a vibrant musical lineup, has created so much buzz and generated a lot of excitement for local businesses that will benefit from the influx of visitors. Hotels and short-term rentals in the area have been fully booked for months. It’s a win-win situation for local businesses and tourism.”

The lineup of dishes in the Sound On Sound Food program presented by CTvisit features notable and carefully selected cuisines from across the state. In addition to the many dining options, there are a variety of drink experiences for festival-goers. To learn more about Sound on Sound events beyond music, visit

About the Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is dedicated to improving the economic growth of Connecticut tourism industry. Working with its many state and industry partners, the Office of Tourism is working to enhance the state’s reputation as a destination offering a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all within proximity to each other, from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative. to culture and nature. For more information visit

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Royal fans give London tourism a boost amid UK economic woes – NBC Connecticut Sat, 17 Sep 2022 08:02:43 +0000

Royal fans traveled to the heart of London to experience flag-lined roads, pomp-filled processions and, above all, brave a mile-long queue for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II, deceased. after an unprecedented seven decades on the throne. And while they’re here, they’re stocking up on hotels, restaurants, and stores.

Visitors flocking to central London from as far away as the US and India for the historic moment are giving businesses a boost at a time when the UK economy faces a cost crisis of life fueled by the highest inflation in four decades and forecasts of an impending recession.

“It’s history, you know, it happens once in a lifetime,” said Kanakkantt Benedict, who traveled from India with his wife and marched past the Queen’s flag-draped coffin this week. “So we were part of it.”

The pomp and pageantry that preceded the funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch underscored the royal family’s power as a global attraction, from an elaborate military procession for his coffin topped by a crown drawing live viewers from around the world to piles of flowers filling Green Park near Buckingham Palace and souvenir shops hastily producing souvenirs commemorating the Queen’s life as people clamor for souvenirs.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects to the Queen in the four days her body rests in state before her state funeral on Monday, driving up demand for hotel rooms in central London which in some cases, have doubled in price.

Hundreds of world leaders, from US President Joe Biden to the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and their entourages are in need of accommodation when they arrive for the Queen’s funeral. The same goes for police coming from all over Britain to help with security.

Occupancy levels could reach a record high of 95%, according to London-based group booking platform

“It’s no surprise when you consider that the eyes of the world are truly on the capital and the media, dignitaries and members of the public, just like me, who just want to be part of such a historic occasion. “said Thomas Emanuel, senior director of hotel analytics firm STR.

All 35 rooms at the two-star Corbigoe Hotel in London’s Victoria district near Buckingham Palace have been booked, duty manager Riaz Badar said.

“Nowadays the rooms are full in this area, not only in our hotel but in all hotels in this area,” Badar said.

On the River Thames, the Riverside Cafe which sits next to the long queue that allows people to glimpse the Queen’s coffin, was “extremely busy”, manager Zab Istanik said. It opened two hours earlier than normal, at 7 a.m.

“We were busy like that when the Queen Mother passed away in 2002. But it wasn’t as busy as it is…this week,” Istanik said.

Also up the road, Jason Rich’s food stand, Fed By Plants, was doing a good business selling lentil burgers.

“It’s a long line,” Rich said. “So that definitely had a nice boost for the business.”

The UK was already an attractive place to visit as demand for international travel rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic and the weakening of the pound, especially for US visitors, makes transatlantic travel more affordable.

University professor Chad Broughton, 51, who was visiting London from Chicago with two friends after a long pandemic delay, said their hotel room in the touristy Covent Garden district was expensive at 400 pounds ($456) the night.

But the trip to London was unique. “Seeing all these people queuing, seeing the reaction on the BBC and feeling that, you understand how important it is to people here,” he said.

Plus, the costs were offset by the falling currency, said friend Josh Walsman.

“We found everything to be of quite surprising value,” Walsman, a 51-year-old musician, said as they walked near Westminster Hall, where mourners inside paid their respects to the Queen and tourists outside took photos in streets closed to traffic.

Walsman said they went to a Champions League football game, had tickets to a play and a dinner reservation at the upscale Indian restaurant Cinnamon Club.

“We mostly spent our money on pubs,” he said. “The conversion rate means every time a bill comes in, it’s like, ‘Oh, I thought that was about 30% more.'”

The pound briefly fell to a 37-year low against the dollar on Friday after UK retail sales volumes fell more than expected in August – a further sign of economic weakness.

Queen Elizabeth II’s historic funeral on September 19 is scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m. local time, when the coffin of the late monarch will be moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.

Britain’s economy is reeling from rising energy prices spurred by Russia’s war in Ukraine, leading to the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. The government has announced it will cap household and business energy bills, but prices remain extremely high. Inflation is the highest of the Group of Seven economies, at 9.9%.

In this context, the money spent by visitors offered a glimmer of hope.

“When it comes to our hospitality sector, not just our hotels but restaurants, bars and pubs, they’ve had three terrible years because of this pandemic,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said.

Budget hotel operator Travelodge said it had ordered extra breakfast supplies for its 78 London hotels for Monday, saying it expects many mourners to start their day with a breakfast – “Traditional Full English” lunch. Pub chain JD Wetherspoon said it would keep its central London pubs open on Monday during the Queen’s funeral.

Some analysts have predicted that the UK’s overall economic recovery following the period of royal mourning will be limited. Indeed, this would be compensated by the closure of supermarkets, retailers, hardware stores and other businesses for the funeral on Monday, which has become a public holiday.

However, renewed interest in the royal family could provide a prolonged boost to the travel and tourism industry, said Tim Hentschel, co-founder and CEO of

“Yes, in the short term the holiday will probably reduce productivity a bit,” Hentschel said. But “the overall boost the UK is going to gain from all the tourism that’s going to be pouring in here over the next few days and then over the next few months will far outweigh” the short-term loss.

California, tribal leaders announce new tourism initiative Thu, 15 Sep 2022 00:05:59 +0000 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a state with the second-most federally recognized Indigenous tribes in the nation, California officials and tribal leaders announced an initiative Wednesday to boost tourism in Indigenous communities.

The initiative, Visit Native California, and the accompanying website are funded by a $1 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act, which targets the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic and was signed into law by President Joe Biden last year. Tribes announced it in partnership with Visit California, the state’s leading tourism marketing agency.

It’s one of the latest efforts to revitalize tourism nationwide after the onset of the pandemic brought travel — and the spending that comes with it — to a halt. California lost $72.8 billion in tourism spending in 2020, according to research by Tourism Economics, a data and consulting firm. The aim is to educate tourists about the music, art, nature and history that have shaped tribal communities for generations. The website will promote places in the state, including through podcasts, and provide directions for travelers.

“This project, this site, it gives my tribe the opportunity, the ability to share our culture,” Reid D. Milanovich, president of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, said at a press conference at the ‘Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza at Palm Springs.

The plaza, which will open next year, is home to the 48,000-square-foot Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a trail, and a spa at the sacred Agua Caliente Mineral Hot Spring. Other tribal sites promoted by the campaign include the Barona Cultural Center and Museum in Lakeside, California, and a cultural center in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles.

Milanovich, whose ancestral lands receive 200,000 annual visitors, said he hopes the initiative will lead to similar projects in other states.

Maine Tourism Conference scheduled for Bangor Oct. 19-20 Tue, 13 Sep 2022 19:14:33 +0000

The inaugural Maine-Stay 2022 conference was announced earlier this month and will take place October 19-20 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The conference will provide tourism and hospitality business owners, managers and decision-makers with new insights and data, and teach emerging trends designed to grow their business, according to its organizers.

“We know that today’s tourism and hospitality business owners, managers and decision makers want their business to grow. With Maine’s turbulent economic climate and booming tourism industry, it’s hard to know if you’re coming or going,” said Elizabeth Sutherland, partner of Sutherland Weston, organizers of Maine-Stay 2022. “But you know that you want to be the place the customers leave and the employees stay. That’s why we developed Maine-Stay 2022.”

The two-day conference with over 20 speakers will bring national insights into the hottest trends in destination marketing. Maine-Stay 2022 also includes many breakout sessions designed to help Maine businesses stay ahead of labor, inflation, and economic concerns.

Marcus Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author and one of Forbes’ 10 Must-Have Presenters, will deliver the keynote address.

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A bit of ‘liquid sunshine’ wraps up Maine’s summer tourist season Mon, 05 Sep 2022 22:04:20 +0000

Karen and David Batten walk with their Miniature Australian Shepherd, Roam, through the Old Port on a rainy Labor Day. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin couple were visiting Maine while touring the East Coast. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Tom Bowes and Daniel Lemieux came to Maine to spend Labor Day weekend soaking up the sun in Ogunquit.

They weren’t about to let a little rain derail their fun.

With a day at the beach out of the question on Monday, the pair from Nashua, New Hampshire, donned matching yellow raincoats and headed to Portland, where they enjoy dining at the Miss Portland Diner and strolling through the shops of Old Town. Port.

“It’s good liquid sunshine,” Bowes said as a steady drizzle bounced off the sidewalks.

Tom Bowes, left, and Daniel Lemieux of Nashua, NH, came Monday to Old Port in Ogunquit, where they were vacationing. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of a summer tourist season that has brought both large numbers of visitors and challenges for businesses, including labor shortages and supply chain issues.

At the start of the season, there were fears that labor challenges, high gas prices and inflation could torpedo Maine’s summer tourist season, the highest earning time of the year. Restaurant owners and seasonal businesses have struggled to find enough workers and have had to reduce their opening hours.

Gas prices and inflation have weighed on tourism, with 66% of respondents saying they traveled less over the summer and 80% saying they cut back on spending, according to an AAA survey. Despite those concerns, people shelled out more than $2 billion for lodging and restaurants between January and June, according to the most recent figures from the Maine Revenue Services. Maine Turnpike Authority officials expected a record number of travelers over the weekend.


Sunny, hot, dry weather and moderating gas prices made all the difference in the second half of summer, said Tony Cameron, CEO of the Maine Tourism Association. But high costs and competition for workers wore business owners out at the end of the season.

“Businesses said they were busy, just like last year, but it’s been a grind,” Cameron told the Press Herald last week.

Ann Oliver talks about the summer tourist season while working Monday for Local Color on Commercial Street.

In Portland, business owners said the quiet Labor Day was just a brief pause before the arrival of more cruise ships, which can draw thousands of visitors in a single day. Their presence, along with the leaf voyeurs arriving by bus, makes for a busy fall season.

Customers lined up at Holy Donut and Becky’s Diner on Commercial Street, huddled under brightly colored umbrellas and pulled hoods tight around their faces. A tour guide led a group of visitors along the seafront, seemingly undeterred by the gloomy weather.

Inside Local Color, employee Ann Oliver greeted shoppers as they strolled through store owner Kate Nelligan’s colorful nautical-themed creations. Oliver thought the rainy weather would kill business for the day, but six people were waiting outside the store when she arrived and more quickly followed.

“It’s been wonderfully, wonderfully busy all summer,” she said. “The days go by quickly and the people are fun.”

Prior to the summer, Nelligan faced supply chain issues by ordering all products early for its Portland and Kennebunkport stores. Beautiful spells of weather in July and August brought lots of people to Maine and kept its stores busy, she said.

“We had the best summer of our lives,” Nelligan said. “We can’t wait to calm down a bit and enjoy fall with the peepers.”

At Sheepscot River Pottery on Moulton Street, employee Michaela Flint stood in the doorway, watching people pass and waiting for customers to stop. She is confident that tourists will be back in droves as more cruise ships arrive and fall visitors come up the coast.

“I personally like rainy days, but unfortunately it doesn’t really bring out the tourists,” she said. “It’s not a day’s walk.”

The unofficial end of summer coupled with rain may have temporarily slowed Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours operations, but the carts still pulled away from the curb with passengers ready to circle the city.

Jack Coggeshall, Director of Operations at Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

“Yesterday was a huge day for us,” said Jack Coggeshall, the travel agency’s chief operating officer.

On Tuesday, two cruise ships are expected to bring about 7,000 passengers to Portland, Coggeshall said. This keeps the company busy throughout the fall with 15 or 16 visits per day.

As the tour operators loaded customers into a cart, David and Karen Batten drove past with their dog, Roam. The couple arrived in Portland on Monday in their Sprinter van, in which they are traveling the country. They were heading to Acadia – hopefully missing the busiest days – and had to stop in Portland to check it out.

They also wanted to try a lobster roll and asked a local man working at a pet store for his recommendation. It was great, they said, and the rain didn’t spoil their stop at all.

“Portland is a great little city,” said David Batten.


At the Casco Bay Lines terminal, passengers filled the benches inside while waiting for a ferry. Gone are the crowds that filled the ferries to Peaks Island all summer.

Linda McCann waits for a ferry in Portland on her way back to Long Island where she lives part of the year. She said she is looking forward to fall on Long Island. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Linda McCann, who splits her time between Winslow and Long Island, welcomed the break from the crowds, even though tourists do not flock to Long Island in the same numbers as Peaks. With only 250 year-round residents, Long Island feels a little different once the beach time ends.

McCann, who grew up there, looks forward to calmer seasons on the island.

“The weather is beautiful – crisp, cool fall evenings and fire pits,” she said.

At Old Orchard Beach, the Monday vibe was decidedly post-summer.

The long stretch of sandy beach was empty except for a few walkers and a man sweeping a metal detector across the sand in wide arcs. The door to the Palace Playland arcade was open and the melodic beeping of arcade games filled the place, but few people were inside to play games. Amusement park rides that have been twisting and turning all summer have stood still.

Souvenir shops were still open, though few people were buying fancy Old Orchard Beach t-shirts and gifts. There were no queues outside of iconic stops like Pier Fries, Bill’s Pizza and Lisa’s Pizza.

It was good with Is right Rancourt and her 15-year-old daughter, Victoria, who came into town for the weekend from their home in Vasselboro. They stay at Old Orchard Beach every Labor Day weekend with their family from Connecticut because they love the food, the nightlife and the atmosphere.

The beach was virtually empty on a rainy Monday at Old Orchard Beach, save for these two swimmers who raced into the water on the last day of the summer tourist season. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

The Rancourts stopped at Lisa’s Pizza for a fried dough topped with butter and powdered sugar. They swear it’s the best in town.

“It’s the first stop and the last stop,” said Isreal Rancourt.

John Murray, who runs Lisa’s Pizza and has worked at the popular food stand since 1978, said this summer has been amazing for businesses like this.

“Busy, busy, busy,” he said. “Mad.”

Canadians finally able to return after an extended border closure due to pandemic restrictions have made all the difference, Murray said. He spoke this summer to several couples who came from Quebec three times or more to make up for lost time.

Murray loves visitors, but also looks forward to the calmer days of fall while they last.

“But if we get a 70 or 80 degree weekend, everyone goes back to the beach,” he said.

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Small SC areas can apply for grants to develop tourism Fri, 02 Sep 2022 15:33:32 +0000 CHARLESTON, SC (AP) — Small communities in South Carolina now have the opportunity to participate in a program designed to help bring visitors to undiscovered parts of the state.

The Undiscover South Carolina grant program was created to grow tourism in smaller rural areas of the state, said Duane Parrish, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

The grant amount ranges from $50,000 to $200,000, WCSC-TV reported.

Parrish said many small towns in the state lack the funds to develop their own tourism industry. So this grant will hopefully generate tourism in these smaller and less developed areas, he said.

“Charleston can afford bluestone pavements, unlike Bamberg. That’s the best way for me to assume. These areas are expected to attract more tourists, attract more dollars, and create economic development in a community that otherwise might not have as much as other cities,” Parrish said.

Pre-applications will be accepted through the department’s online portal and must be submitted by September 30 at 4 p.m.

African Americans Fuel Jamaica’s Tourism Recovery | New Fri, 02 Sep 2022 05:11:33 +0000


Jamaica is ahead of all other English-speaking Caribbean countries and African Americans have contributed significantly to the rapid recovery trend, said Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

“The African-American market took off with a bang. We’ve never seen the level of footfall we’re seeing now from this community and they’re spending at an extremely attractive level,” he said, noting that visitors come primarily from the northeast coast, which includes New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. areas.

According to Bartlett, the growth of this market is no accident.

“It’s been coming for a while. Jamaica is considered the friendliest and most enjoyable destination for African Americans in the entire region,” he said. the gleaner at the 29th World Travel Awards at Sandals Montego Bay on Wednesday night.

The country’s rich cultural heritage, music, food and sports are key pull factors that create a buzz around the island.

The size of the Jamaican diaspora in the United States is also a major strength.

“Jamaica has the largest diaspora in the English-speaking Caribbean. The fact that we are ahead of other Caribbean destinations that have larger populations than ours is proof of the quality of our product,” said the Minister of Tourism.

Jamaica is also the most connected destination in the English-speaking Caribbean, with all major carriers serving the island daily.

The country’s tourism sector continues to experience a strong recovery from the fallout from COVID-19.

“We are at 91% now as at the end of August 2019 in terms of arrivals, but revenues are 20% higher than 2019. So we will end the 2022-2023 financial year. [year] at around US$4.2 million, which would have topped 2019 by US$500 million,” Bartlett said.

Admitting that he hadn’t expected the recovery to happen so quickly, Bartlett revealed that Jamaica has attracted a significant number of people who are looking for safer and more COVID-compliant protocols.

Only the Dominican Republic and Mexico are ahead of Jamaica in the region.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) recorded revenue of J$7 billion in 2019, the strongest calendar year to date.

“Expectations for this year are between $5 billion and $6 billion,” Bartlett said.

He predicts that for the year, the fund will be ahead of 2019 earnings.

TEF funds are used to improve the tourism product.

Claremont seeks to redevelop brownfields and boost tourism Wed, 31 Aug 2022 21:46:00 +0000

CLAREMONT, NH (WCAX) – Redevelopment continues in Claremont, New Hampshire, a former mill town that is reinventing itself. The city now has its sights set on the downtown brownfields.

Engineering students from the University of Connecticut are helping the city of Claremont develop a plan for the future development of two brownfields. “The University of Connecticut has technical assistance for the Brownfields program,” said Nancy Merrill, director of economic development at Claremont.

Both sites are part of a 10-acre city-owned parcel along the Sugar River. One has already been cleaned of potentially hazardous materials and the other – an old machine tool chimney – still has a long way to go. As U-Conn consultants develop their report, which will include designated flood plans and topography, the city is also seeking input from citizens. “New catwalks, a brewery, was an idea – a dog park. There are all kinds of ideas that came up,” Merrill said.

The redevelopment is part of a series of ongoing projects in Claremont, including a recently redeveloped downtown corridor. “Obviously it’s important to the people who live here,” Merrill said. “It’s also important for tourism and we need the tourism economy to support small local businesses in the city centre.”

“The community, in general, has come a long way in the last two years,” said Josh Savage, who in 2018 opened the Barn Cafe across the river from the Brownfield sites and directly in front of the renovated factory which begins to welcome new tenants this week. “To see big players like them coming here and investing in the city here, I think, says a lot about where we are headed.”

Savage also makes investments. He bought the building next to the cafe for mixed use and is expanding the parking lot at the back. As for brownfields, he said he was in favor of anything that benefits the whole community. “Concert area… There are all kinds of fun ideas that we can do, but I think at the end of the day it should be something that will draw people in,” he said.

The final plans of the engineering students are expected in the coming weeks. Claremont City Council will have the final say.

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French tourism better than before COVID, despite climatic setbacks Wed, 31 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 PARIS (AP) — Tourism came back strong in France this summer, sending incomes above pre-pandemic levels, according to government estimates released this week.

Crowds filled Paris landmarks and Riviera beaches, thanks in part to an influx of Americans benefiting from the weak euro, but also British and European visitors reveling in the end of pandemic restrictions.

“It’s beautiful to go back to travel,” said Serena Veronese, a tourist from Lake Maggiore in Italy who soaks up the view of the Eiffel Tower. She and her husband work for an airline and “have been through a lot” as the COVID-19 crisis ground planes around the world. “Now people have to go on a trip again, they have to do it.”

The summer surge came despite unusually hot weather in France and across Europe, record drought and devastating forest fires. The season saw chaos at European airports and rising prices which also affected tourists.

Tourism spending in France has reached pre-pandemic levels and even exceeded them in some regions, Tourism Minister Olivia Gregoire told reporters.