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April Industry Update

April Industry Update

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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Gas Price Worries Travelers
  • Office of Tourism’s Governor’s Conference of Tourism 
  • State Tourism Master Plan Listening Session 
  • Cruise Canada / New England Symposium 
  • Inclusion Maine Conference
  • Maine to Ukraine
  • Maine Needs 
  • Making Maine Work

GAS PRICE WORRIES ACCELERATE AMONG TRAVELERS

According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, the percentage of travelers who report that rising gas prices will “greatly impact” their travel in the next six months jumped from 29% on March 2nd to 38% on March 16th

  • A third of travelers now say they will reduce the number of trips they will take, and a similar percentage say they are choosing destinations closer to home. 
  • In contrast, only 21% of travelers say COVID-19 will greatly impact their travel in the next six months, near the lowest level since the pandemic began two years ago.

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GOVERNORS CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

Portland Downtown Skyline, Photo Credits: Serena Folding
Portland Downtown Skyline, Photo Credits: Serena Folding

The Maine Office of Tourism presents the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. A two-day event for tourism and hospitality professionals from across the state.

April 13-14
Westin Portland Harborview Hotel

In-Person or Virtual

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THE OFFICE OF TOURISM WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

The Maine Office of Tourism has begun work on creating a state-wide destination management plan and wants to hear from stakeholders and residents. 

Tuesday, May 10 – in-person event
USM Hannaford Hall

9:00am – 12:00pm
88 Bedford Street, Portland  ME 04101 

REGISTER TO ATTEND


CONNECT WITH THE CRUISE INDUSTRY

Cruise Ships Passing by Commuter Ferry in Casco Bay, Photo Credit: Corey Templeton
Cruise Ships Passing by Commuter Ferry in Casco Bay, Photo Credit: Corey Templeton

CruiseMaine and the Port of Portland are excited to host the 22nd Annual Cruise Canada New England Symposium.  (CCNE)  The Symposium is a three-day event from June 13-15 focused on promoting the destination, learning about industry trends, and networking.

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INCLUSION MAINE

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference based in Maine calling on businesses & rural communities to adopt practices that help attract and retain a racially diverse workforce within Maine.

April 14 -15
Virtual 

Visit Portland Partners ONLY get 25% off registration.
enter promo code:  VISITPORTLAND

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HELP DONATE TO THOSE IN NEED

Maine Needs is striving to help individuals and families in Maine meet their basic, material needs by providing donated clothing, hygiene products, household items, and other necessities. They focus their work on those starting life over from scratch: domestic abuse survivors, asylum seekers, and those facing financial hardships.

Please consider donating, the website is continually updated with the most current needs. 

Thank you
Tawny Alvarez, Verril Law, for bringing attention to the great program. 

From Maine to Ukraine is a partnership with the Retail Association of Maine and the 
Maine Tourism Association. They are asking Mainers to donate needed food items to visitor center locations in support of those in need in Ukraine.

Each of the Maine State Tourism Information centers are drop off locations in addition to the Information Center at Ocean Gateway 10am – 3pm. 

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MAKING MAINE WORK

The Maine State Chamber is conducting a survey, once again, to identify the investments and policies that are needed to support long-term economic and skilled workforce growth in the state. This survey is a follow-up to the 2010 and 2018 Making Maine Work surveys that engaged more than 1,000 business leaders. We look forward to seeing how far we’ve come in meeting the needs expressed by businesses over the years. 

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NEW PARTNERS

Because of our members we are able to market this destination to visitors. Providing our local small business owners with visitor revenues needed to keep their doors open is what will help us recover from this pandemic.  We want to welcome our newest members: 

NaviTour

NaviTour connects travelers to local tour guides, who offer an exciting range of unique trips!

X-Golf Portland

Maine’s Premier sports lounge and virtual golf experience. Come play on the world’s most advanced and accurate golf simulator!

SeaWeed Co.

Maine owned recreational cannabis company with knowledgeable and welcoming staff to help find the right products for you.

The HAYLOFT at Dragonfly Barn

A listening room, inviting and intimate, The HAYLOFT is a magical place to enjoy a concert or celebrate a milestone. 

Fortland

A unique island experience within Fort Scammel on the private House Island in Casco Bay. Camp and tour the historic island!

AWOL Kennebunkport

AWOL Kennebunkport is a juxtaposition just like Maine—serenity amidst activity, just a short walk from the harbor and Dock Square.

$3 Deweys

We offer a large variety of foods from different cultures that can fulfill any taste along with a daily specials menu.

The Federal

Reimagined 19th century historic home and historic inn turned boutique hotel in the heart of Brunswick, Maine.

Terrarium

Urban garden center and hub for DIY terrarium creations, also serving house made soups, local craft beer, wine, coffee and tea.

Portland by the Foot

Experience unforgettable storytelling—rich with heart, humor, and humanity—on a walking tour of Portland like no other!

STAY CONNECTED 

Keep us in the loop, send us any contact changes and/or staffing updates, whenever your business has changes.

For all PARTNER Inquiries + Outreach

CONTACT

KATE MCDONOUGH

Director of Business + Partner Development

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