Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that it has teamed up with the Vermont Tourism Network (VTN) to provide additional tourism resources and expand marketing efforts. This partnership will enable the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to offer additional marketing opportunities to its members who rely on the tourism industry.VTN s primary purpose is to promote packaged group tour travel to the Green Mountain State, mainly through motorcoach tours to its member businesses.Despite recent reports of declining state revenues, dollars generated by the tourism industry have remained steady in Vermont, suggesting marketing efforts drawing tourists to the Green Mountain State are working. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce and VTN have powered up their efforts to meet current marketing challenges to continue to support a successful tourism industry in Vermont.VTN represents select Vermont members including lodging and resorts, attractions, outdoor adventure, spas, farm and garden, entertainment, fairs, festivals, special events, shopping, and restaurants.According to the National Tour Association (NTA), one coach of 40 passengers spending one night at a destination generates as much as $9,000 for the local economy in meals, lodging, and other spending. This is a great opportunity for Vermont Chamber members. We are pleased to partner with the Vermont Tourism Network, drawing visitors to Vermont who will enjoy the Vermont experience and support the wide range of hospitality-related businesses in the state, said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The group tour work of VTN perfectly complements the Vermont Chamber s Hospitality Council mission to work in partnership with its members in marketing travel to and in Vermont.David Kaufman founded VTN in 1984 to meet recognized needs for packaged tour marketing in Vermont. Over the past 25 years, it has grown to include more than 150 members. Vermont Tourism Network will become a stronger organization in the future through this partnership, said Kaufman. Vermont Tourism Network s hospitality members will benefit tremendously from this partnership and will see even greater success in the tourism market with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.VTN will be operated by Managing Director, Ellen Dube, who previously worked for Discover New England, promoting international travel to all six New England states. Kaufman will continue to provide membership support and marketing strategies. For more information, visit www.VermontTourismNetwork.com(link is external).