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About the Boston Irish Tourism Association

Michael Quinlin and Colette Quinlin formed the Boston Irish Tourism Association in 2000, as a way to market the state's vibrant Irish-American community, especially its culture, heritage, and businesses.

BITA's goal was to connect the Irish-American grassroots community with the state's tourism and hospitality industries so that year round cultural events could be enjoyed by visitors, conventioneers, business travelers and tour groups coming to Massachusetts.

The result has been to make it easy for visitors – and local residents – to get immersed in the state’s wonderful range of cultural activities, and to take advantage of the hospitality amenities available to travelers.

Some of the things we do at BITA:

  • We work with the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, the offices of the Governor and Lt. Governor, the State House Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and regional tourism councils across the state to promote Massachusetts as a tourist destination year round.
  • We provide information to the general public, tour operators, incoming convention groups and the media about upcoming events and activities of our members.
  • We advise visitors on where to stay, where to dine or to shop, where to have a pint, see a concert, check out a traditional session, and how to get from Boston to the Berkshires, or from Canada to the Cape. If you have a question, send us an email, call or write us and we’ll try to answer it for you.
  • We profile scores of musicians, dancers, artists, writers, storytellers, filmmakers, chefs, photographers and others who help fuel the creative economy in Massachusetts.
  • We represent and provide information on other destinations such as Ireland, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island and New Hampshire, all of which share a common interest in culture and hospitality.
  • We strengthen travel ties among the United States, Canada and Ireland by working closely with government agencies and travel specialists.
  • We distribute three issues each year of our free Travel & Culture Guide magazine in March, June and November, to visitor centers, cultural venues, tour group operators and travel media and to the region's Irish-American community.
  • We partner with Tourism Ireland to host an Irish Food & Culture celebration each March that brings select master chefs from Ireland to Boston, where they join with local chefs for a week of culinary events in hotels and restaurants.
  • Our Irish Heritage Trail walking tour takes visitors and school groups along nearly 300 years of the Irish experience in Boston. We have compiled over 70 Irish landmarks throughout Massachusetts.
  • Our booklet, Finding Your Irish Roots in Massachusetts, guides you through genealogy resources throughout the state.
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