The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) hosted its first-ever Hospitality Industry Night on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at The First Tee of Connecticut in Cromwell. Members of the state’s hospitality industry from across the state attended.

While they networked, guests took a golf swing for prizes, tasted the craft brews from Back East Brewing and sampled lite fare provided by Bertucci's, served by general managers from restaurants all over Connecticut. Silent auction items and networking enhanced the evening focused on Connecticut's Hospitality Industry.

Silent auction items included:

  • Two round trip, domestic travel certificates on JetBlue Airways;
  • Two tickets to a 2016 New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium (donated by DATTCO);
  • An overnight weekend stay at the Stamford Marriott Hotel with breakfast and round trip tickets on MetroNorth to New York City;
  • Two 2016 Season Passes at Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, Conn.)
  • Hartford Yard Goats Basket with four tickets to a April/May 2016 game;
  • A Family Four Pack to First Night Hartford and a $25.00 Hartford gift card;
  • Breakfast for four at The Blue Highway Cafe (Higganum);
  • Two tickets to "Spirits at Stowe" at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center;
  • A Family Fun Day at the Connecticut Science Center including admission for four, lunch at Subway and dessert at FroYo World; and
  • Two tickets to "A Christmas Carol" at The Hartford Stage.

Working in partnership with businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations and their surrounding communities, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau markets all of the state – convention and meeting venues, hotels and attractions, and sporting venues – as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events. In the last fiscal year, the CTCSB booked more than 65,500 hotel room nights with over 340,000 attendees, resulting in nearly $63 million in spending by those attendees during their visits to the state and generating more than $4.8 million in CT Sales Tax. In addition, close to 21,000 Connecticut jobs in the hospitality industry were supported by meetings, conventions & sports events as a result of these bookings.* 

The CTCSB is funded by private sector partnership support and through the DECD/Connecticut Office of Tourism. The Connecticut Sports Advisory Board, a division of the CTCSB, focuses its efforts on attracting and serving international, national and regional sporting events. For more information, visit or call 860-728-6789.


*DMAI economic calculator FY 2014-2015