CARIBOU, Maine — The advertising and business inclusion deadline for the next printing of the Aroostook County Visitor Guide is much earlier this year, due to the fact Aroostook County Tourism officials want the new publication to be ready in advance of the World Acadian Congress in August.
The World Acadian Congress is a major celebration of Acadian culture and history held every five years since 1994. More than 300 activities, including more than 100 family reunions, should attract up to 50,000 visitors to the region Aug. 8-24, which encompasses northern Maine, northwestern New Brunswick and southeastern Quebec.
This is the third year of a three-year contract with Direct Display Publishing, based in Bath, to publish the guide. The first two printings were in October the previous two years.
“The Visitor’s Guide contains information on all the wonderful things Aroostook County has to offer with topics including, but not limited to, cultural, historical, recreational, hunting, fishing, motorized and non-motorized activities, lodging, dining and events,” said Jon Gulliver, regional tourism developer for Northern Maine Development Commission, in a press release.
The guide provides free general listings including the name, location, phone number and website of all tourism related businesses. However, the guide will also provide advertising opportunities for businesses who would like to capture the attention of a guide user who just might be flipping through the book.
Tourism-related businesses that want to be listed in the guide need to contact Gulliver as soon as possible.
“While we maintain a database of tourism businesses, the information we have often becomes outdated as phone numbers change, businesses open and close, etcetera,” he added. “It is important to contact me to make sure your business is listed in the guide and the information that we have is correct.”
In addition to the free listing, businesses can also purchase larger display ads.