FREEPORT, Maine — Vaughn Stinson, chief executive officer of the Maine Tourism Association, was honored with the 2012 Special Service Award by the Maine Innkeepers Association at its 91st annual meeting and conference held Nov. 5-6 in Newry, Maine. Association Executive Director Greg Dugal presented Stinson with the Special Service Award presented annually by the associatio to a person who has contributed to the hospitality industry as a whole.
Stinson began his tourism career with Delta Air Lines in 1968 in Miami, Fla. Over the next 26 years with Delta, Stinson held various positions in customer service, sales and marketing in several cities, including Portland, Maine. Stinson gained tourism experience as director of tourism for the state of Mississippi, before returning to Maine to take over as CEO of the Maine Tourism Association in Hallowell, Maine.
Stinson’s responsibilities heading up the Maine Tourism Association include publishing several tourism guides to promote Maine as a tourism destination, including the official travel planner, Maine Invites You; and the Official Maine Highway Map which are distributed worldwide; the Maine Guide to Inns and Bed & Breakfasts and Camps & Cottages; and the Maine Attractions & Services Map.
Stinson also has oversight of eight of the state’s visitor information centers, is responsible for up to 60 full- and part-time employees and an annual budget of $2.2 million.