Head to Niantic!
The coastline community was named the first ”Fan Favorite” at the Connecticut Conference on Tourism Industry Forum Tuesday at the Connecticut Convention Center.
“We have it all,” said a beaming Niantic/East Lyme first selectman Paul Formica. “Tourism is huge for us and Niantic is the gateway to the area.”
Niantic (a village in the town of East Lyme) was chosen based on on-line votes in the competition that is part of the state’s tourism push. With a population of about 4,000, the place garnered about 10,000 online votes with its Inn at Harbor Hill Marina chosen as the favorite destination within Niantic.
Nearly 2,000 destinations and attractions around the state were named “favorites” by those participating in the online contest, part of Connecticut’s “Still Revolutionary” tourism and branding campaign,
The nine runner-up towns include Mystic, New Haven, Putnam, Old Saybrook, Essex, Wethersfield, Hartford, New London and Wallingford.
About 200 people were at a breakfast featuring Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who presented the “fan favorite” award.
Pineapple Awards, honors in a variety of categories including excellence in tourism service and hospitality, volunteer of the year and tourism ambassador were slated to be given out later Tuesday.
Also honored at the forum were Mystic Seaport’s Peter Glankoff who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and former Connecticut Magazine publisher Charles Monaghan, who was tapped for a special commitment award recognizing his years of service and dedication to promoting tourism in Connecticut.