Dear New England Tourism Industry,

As many of you know, Lori Harnois, Discover New England’s (DNE) executive director since 2014, has taken a new position with New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism. While we will miss Lori’s expertise and energy leading DNE, we are happy for her new venture and wish her the very best. You can still expect to see her at many travel events and shows. Thank you for everything, Lori!

DNE’s board of directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Christopher Jennings as the new executive director to lead the organization into the future. Chris has more than 25 years of helping organizations in the tourism, economic development, and nonprofit sectors to reach and exceed their goals. 

Chris’ experience developing high-ROI, cost-effective marketing, communication and PR solutions for state and regional destination marketing organizations is sure to be a tremendous asset to DNE. 

Chris returns to New England after most recently holding the position as Chief Tourism Development Officer for the Spartanburg (South Carolina) CVB. Previously, Chris was President of the Mystic Coast & Country Travel Industry Association, Tourism Director for the State of Missouri, and Tourism Director for the State of New Hampshire.  

Please join the board in welcoming Chris back to New England and to the DNE community. His official start date is March 2.

And, while we are still in the midst of winter in New England, we are looking forward to several important and exciting events scheduled throughout the spring. 

DNE and New England state delegates will attend the largest travel trade show in the world, ITB, in Berlin, Germany, on March 4-8. As always, it’s a pleasure to market our special corner of the United States to our core markets both in-country and abroad. 

Have you registered for the Summit? This year, the show is being held at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. We’ll be celebrating the 25th year of the Summit, as well as Maine’s bicentennial. 

We hope to see you there! 
Board of Directors
Discover New England
What's Happening With DNE
Pictured above: Discover New England’s delegation with the show organizers at the opening of the Dublin Holiday World Show.  
Pictured above: DNE's delegation at the Aer Lingus Roadshow Belfast, Dublin, and Cork
The Aer Lingus Roadshow welcomed nine participants from New England representing Martha’s Vineyard/Coastal Massachusetts, North of Boston, Greater Boston CVB, MOTT, DNE, New Hampshire DTTD, Connecticut Office of Tourism, Yale University and Bradley International Airport. The delegation had an opportunity to meet with more than 300 travel agents throughout the show.
Discover New England's 25th Annual Tourism Summit & International Marketplace

Sunday River Resort,
Newry, Maine
May 11 – 12, 2020

Supplier appointment requests open on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Click here for more information about the DNE Summit.

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ITB Berlin , Berlin, Germany
March 4-8, 2020

ITB Berlin is the world’s largest travel and tourism industry show. ITB exhibitors and trade visitors represent all sectors of the international travel and tourism industry: leisure, business, incentive, meetings and conventions, health, adventure, education and study. For three days, ITB is open exclusively to the trade; consumers attend on the weekend to obtain travel information and book their vacations.

Cost: $3,500 per person (2nd person from the same organization: $1,750) – plus travel, hotel and personal expenses.

Current currency trading rates vs. US dollar 
( As of 2/21/2020 )
Euro = .92
GBP = .77
Australian dollars = 1.51
Yen = 111.60
Norwegian Krone = 9.29