Photo by Nancy Driscoll
Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott stands by his Chevy racer along with Lyz Tomsuden and Eric Mallette, developers of the "Vermont Strong" logo.
In between meetings at the State House Sept. 29, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) met with tour groups to thank them for spending their vacation in Vermont. One of the groups included the family of Joaquin Vallarino Jr.; all 28 on the tour were from Panama.
Scott and other Democratic and Republican state leaders and tourism industry groups have stepped up efforts over the last week to broadcast that message. In fact, the lieutenant governor even rebranded his Chevrolet racecar last weekend for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—temporarily replacing his sponsor logos with a large “We Are Vermont Strong” emblem on the hood, along with other Vermont destination decals placed on the racecar.
The Panamanian family’s Vermont itinerary was coordinated by Milne Travel American Express, and included time in New Yok and the White Mountains as well as the Upper Valley, Woodstock and Quechee. Milne brought the group to the Vermont State House to take advantage of the free guided tours.
“Although a majority of our business is exporting people from our beautiful state to other places, our inbound business is growing stronger and will be a big contributor to our job growth over the next few years,” said Milne Travel President Scott Milne. “It is great to have a state where folks like Phil Scott are so supportive and willing to help.”
“My wife and I met here over 50 years ago,” said Vallarino, “and it is very nice to bring our family here at such a wonderful time of the year. All of our expectations have been met— except we were hoping Lt. Gov. Scott would be arriving in his racecar.”