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NMTD Budget Increase

New Mexico Tourism Department Budget Increase

With revenues up for the state of New Mexico, elected officials have the opportunity to boost our economy and New Mexico communities by reinvesting in New Mexico tourism. Governor Susana Martinez has proposed a $3.5 million increase for the New Mexico Tourism Department budget.

This spending increase is imperative for boosting local economies across New Mexico. Travel and tourism is a vital driving force force for communities across New Mexico. Recent investment from the New Mexico Tourism Department has provided New Mexico communities with the opportunity to bring in vital out-of-state dollars to build business and add jobs.

It's critical we show our support for this increased investment in New Mexico tourism.

How you can help

We need your help in expressing your support and demonstrating to elected officials that an increased investment in New Mexico tourism will boost our economy. Here are three steps you can take to support these efforts.

1. Attend the House Appropriations & Finance Committee Hearing.

The House Appropriates & Finance Committee will be hearing from the Tourism Department on the potential budget increase for the Department on Wednesday, Jan.10 at 1:30 pm. If you are available to attend this hearing, you can express your support for the budget increase for the Tourism Department. Feel free to share numbers and stories of how programs through the New Mexico Tourism Department have helped boost tourism in your community. Click here to view the full schedule for the House Appropriates & Finance Committee.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 1:30 pm

Where: New Mexico State Capitol Building, room 307

2. Contact your representative.

Legislators want to hear why tourism matters and why this increased investment in New Mexico tourism will help boost your community. Visit nmlegis.gov to find your legislator and reach out by email or phone to share why tourism matters and why they should support an increased investment in tourism. Reach out to the members of the House Appropriations & Finance Committee to express why its important to include the increased investment in the final budget.

Feel free to use this sample script to help you craft your message to your legislator.

3. Attend Tourism Day.

The New Mexico Hospitality Association is hosting Tourism Day in Santa Fe on Friday, Jan. 19, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at the New Mexico State Capitol Building. Tourism Day will provide a great opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful tourism assets across New Mexico and share the legislative priorities of our industry with elected officials to guarantee future success for New Mexico hospitality and tourism. This will also be an opportunity to show legislators all of the developments that were made possible by the programs and marketing efforts from the New Mexico Tourism Department.

Exhibit opportunities are available for Tourism Day (NMHA members only). If you are interested in an exhibit table to showcase the assets of your destination or tourism product, visit this link to learn more. 



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