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The University of Maine

2006

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Tourism Stakeholders Envision A Sustainable Path: Strengthening Maine's No. 1 Industry Through The Blaine House Conference Recommendations, Elizabeth Munding Jan 2006

Tourism Stakeholders Envision A Sustainable Path: Strengthening Maine's No. 1 Industry Through The Blaine House Conference Recommendations, Elizabeth Munding

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Tourism, as Maine’s No. 1 industry, draws approximately 44 million visitors annually who spend $6 billion and contribute $340 million in sales tax. Despite these figures, annual statistics show zero growth or, often, loss, with the exception of the outdoor recreation sector. The tourism industry, made of government bodies, recreation associations and individual businesses, depends on the health of the natural resources and the compliance of related players, such as landowners. Discontent exists with the state and the industry’s leadership. The quandary comes in determining which actions to take to improve the state’s existing nature-based tourism into ...