Malloy gets Connecticut back on the map

It’s not every governor who can claim to put his state on the map.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office said today that the state has paid $100,000 in back dues to Discover New England, the regional tourism group that left Connecticut out of its promotional materials and, more oddly, literally off its map of the once-and-future six-state region.

“I’m pleased that we could release this money – which had already been allocated to the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism – so quickly and get the state back on the map with its New England neighbors,” Malloy said.

Malloy has said that scrimping on tourism is short-sighted and costs the state money.

“Connecticut’s exclusion from overseas marketing materials and efforts – and with it, information about the state’s cultural venues, tourist attractions and other events – was embarrassing, and spoke to a larger lack of understanding about the decisions we need to make to invest in our state and our region.”

Now travelers coming up I-95 from New York no longer have to worry about the perils of crossing into the land of the unmapped.