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.
GOVERNORS CONFERENCE ON TOURISM
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.
Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
In-Person or Virtual
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
CONNECT WITH THE CRUISE INDUSTRY
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.
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
Visit Portland Partners ONLY get 25% off registration.
enter promo code: VISITPORTLAND
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.
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.
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.
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:
Keep us in the loop, send us any contact changes and/or staffing updates, whenever your business has changes.
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Director of Business + Partner Development