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Tourism rebounds in Boston after a pent-up pandemic year

Duck boat tours, nearly chock full, are again circuiting the city. The Cheers bar is standing room only. And Old Town Trolley Tours, no longer restricted to a solitary stop, are truly a hop-on, hop-off experience again.

 

There are increasing signs, some subtle and some striking, that tourism is on the rebound in Boston after a pent-up pandemic year. Tourism is one of Boston’s major revenue sources, and estimates of losses during the shutdown ran into the billions.

 

“It’s in the air, it’s almost tangible, you can feel it,” David Gibbons, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, said of the spike in visitors drawn to the area’s rich history, graceful architecture, and wealth of food and entertainment options.

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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BOSTON CONVENTION CENTERS SET TO REOPEN FOR EVENTS AT FULL CAPACITY

Call it the light at the end of the Ted Williams tunnel. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Kim Janey announced that pandemic restrictions will be lifted as of May 29. The move paves the way for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to welcome groups back at full capacity by next week.

 

In reality, the calendars for top-notch venues including Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, The Lawn On D, Powered by Citizens Bank, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and the MassMutual Center in Springfield reveal a slow trickle before the dam bursts this fall.

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Mass Vaccination Site at Hynes Convention Center Closes

The mass vaccination site at Hynes Convention Center in Boston administered its final COVID-19 shots Tuesday.

 

Massachusetts is in the process of closing its state-run sites and focusing instead on getting the coronavirus vaccine to people in underserved communities.

 

The Hynes site opened on March 22, when it replaced the one at Fenway Park ahead of the Boston Red Sox' season.

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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