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  • StillRelaxin

    I’m betting that the results of “Yes on One” and SNL’s skit with two “loveable lobstermen” will do more for Maine tourism than any number of salespeople we send to vacation…I mean work in London.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, because nothing screams ‘visit my state (please)’ any louder than gay lads in Grundens…

    • trisailer

       It doesn’t hurt to have something to offer to different demographics. Ogunquit is not my cup of tea, but it’s probably someones. Maine is still expensive to visit so marketing to the UK makes sense. Maine is still a value added destination and that’s the market we should be going for.

      Some of the most beautiful areas of Maine are way under utilized. My favorites are the Maine Island Trail, the AT and the Northern Waterway. 

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the SNL skit will do great for Ogunquit and Portland. Not so much for anything north of Rockland. In fact, older tourists from outside the liberal cities, may head west. We don’t get the younger demographic in the real Maine. We get the emotional connection based on the past perceptions of Maine.

    • Anonymous

      Older tourists pour out of those buses and cruise ships by the thousands. They go to Bar Harbor, Freeport, Camden and Rockland. When the leaves change, they go to Rangeley, to Bethel and elsewhere in the interior. They shop, eat and socialize with each other. Watch ’em in action some time. They’re having fun. Do you think the’re all that interested in what Maine people do with their lives? 

      • take “scenic” by-way USRoute 17 to Rangeley…enjoy the industrialized Ridges of 500 foot WIND turbines…NOT

  • Provided she keeps going this way, and Paulie can keep out of her way, Maine may have the beginnings of something here. This Christmas, the ski season and the snowmobile revenue’s reported are going to go a very long way in determining whether or not Maine touris is gonna come back any time soon. What I do find puzzling is that no where in this article was there any mention of the I&FW’s stat’s regarding permit fee’s and fall revenue’s. This is an area that Maine needs to exploit. And where are the Sportsman’s Group’s in this ? Maine has more than one group that has a lot to ‘crow’ about.

  • Anonymous

    A good East West highway would work wonders. Put an LL Bean and Kittery Trading Post at each end, and Cabelas in the middle. Let Tom Walsh put the deal together. No zumba houses or Rite Aid stores. Accept Canadian money at par. Whoa! Dreamland.

  • trisailer

    That was an excellent video and a wonderful advertisement for Maine.

    I wish they would have included some numbers to show how tourism has expanded in Maine. I think it has. One of the things that happened with the economic crisis is that people still took vacations, but took them closer to home and that was a boost for Maine.

    It really comes down to marketing Maine as a business and it appears Ouellette has the sauce to do it. I think we should be analyzing global markets to see what the potential is to attract people from China and Russia. 

    Where I live in Thailand the fastest growing tourism market is Russia. The growth numbers are close to 20% per year and it’s interesting to watch the way the Thai’s have quickly adapted to the market. It seems like half the signs and restaurant menu’s changed overnight to Russian. Language schools  everywhere and now Russian’s are buying condos and investing in businesses. When I sit a Starbucks on one of the main drags I can count 20 buses per hour loaded with Chinese tourists who love package tours.

    Tourism is a business and like any it benefits from analysis of markets and investment to attract customers. 

  • Anonymous

    Make sure to send ’em to Searsport, we are going to have the biggest tank in the East.
    It will be your home away from NJ!

    It will be a very hip spot on the Mid Coast for all those young spenders who like big truck traffic,
    big night time lights and noise 24/7.

    Kids, we’re going to Searsport! Just like the Jersey Shore!
    Oh, wait, the Jersey Shore doesn’t have tanks… only Searsport does!

  • Anonymous

    They are all coming to see the windmills!

  • This is a very professionally and well-done video.

  • Totally off topic, but doesn’t Ms. Oullette look like Martina Navratilova?  Hmmmmm…..

  • Penny Gray

    It seems a lot more Canadians are heading south to shop in Maine now that they can cross more purchases tax free on the their return trip, but Maine’s true calling card is its natural beauty.  You can shop anywhere, but shopping in Maine is special.  You can hunt anywhere but hunting in Maine is special.  You can fish anywhere but fishing in Maine is special.  What we have is very very special and we need to keep it that way.  We need to protect and promote our scenic viewsheds.   I’m surprised that the Maine Office of Tourism has not made a statement against Maine’s expedited wind law and the misguided plan to cover our mountains and ridgelines with forty story tall industrial towers.  The cumulative impact of these projects will destroy over three hundred miles of Maine’s viewsheds.

  • Patten_Pete

    Please give some thought to halting the industrial wind farm junk pile that is having a cumulative impact on our view sheds. Also the accompanying New Jerseyification of Maine with the new transmission monstrosities required by this useless power source that serves only a small handful of subsidy exploiters and raises everyone else’s electric bills while giving those concerned over global warming a totally false sense of progress. The proliferation of the industrial wind eyesores is the fastest way to ruin our quality of place.

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