Maine tourism set to continue on growth path

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

Maine tourismMore than a million drivers were expected to be on the Maine Turnpike during the Labor Day weekend, capping off what is predicted to be another prosperous summer for the state’s tourism industry.

 
Official data on visitation and revenue are not yet available, but early indicators suggest Maine’s summer economy is on track to follow five years of positive growth for the state, despite staffing challenges that have dogged the hospitality industry.

 
The Maine Turnpike Authority reported 48.1 million toll booth transactions through the end of July, 1.18 million, or 2.5 percent, more than during the same period in 2016, when a record-breaking number of drivers were on the highway. The authority expected 1.15 million vehicles on the highway during the long weekend, and visitors leaving the state will be greeted by mascots Miles the Moose, Clawdette the Lobster and Eco, Poland Spring’s recycling character, who will hand out bottles of Poland Spring water and bags of Coastal Maine Popcorn.

 
The number of visitors to Acadia National Park is also on track to hit last year’s record high, when the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with extensive promotions and special events at national parks around the country, including Acadia. There were 1.57 million visitors to the park as of the end of July, a 4 percent increase from last year at the same time.

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