Tourism booming in western Massachusetts with help of MGM Springfield

Hampden County

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau held it’s annual meeting at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday. 

The state of tourism in western Massachusetts was discussed, and there’s been a boost of visitors to the area. 

Mary Kay Wydra, the president of the bureau, told 22News that improvements to Springfield’s downtown area are filling up hotel rooms. Lifelong Springfield resident Susan LaBrecque said she’s noticed more people visiting downtown. 

“I like to see people visit Springfield, yes,” said LaBrecque. 

In Springfield, the city has seen an increase in visitors following the opening of MGM Springfield. 

“We looked at when MGM entered the marketplace, and we saw a definite boost,” said Wydra. “Year-to-date, we are trending our occupancy up, over the same time last year.”

To help visitors find things to do, and their way around the city during their stay, the Convention and Visitors Bureau has partnered with the Springfield Business Improvement District to man this Regional Visitor Center on Main Street. 

Wydra said she hopes to keep growing tourism in western Massachusetts to bring more money to the area. 

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