Monday, 13 August 2018 17:26

Officials optimistic that 2018 will see more growth in tourism

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STATEWIDE - If you're noticing more tourists this summer season, you might be on to something. Officials, both with the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Innkeepers Association, said they expect 2018 to be another growth year for tourism in Maine.

 

It's too early to give numbers for this summer, according to Steve Hewins, the CEO & president of Maine Innkeepers Association and Maine Restaurant Association. But Hewins said from the beginning of the year to May, lodging industry sales have gone up about fourteen percent, when compared to last year. And he said restaurant sales have gone up close to five percent.

 

Taxable sales information comes from the Maine Revenue Services.

 

Hewins said the increase is more than what other parts of New England have seen.

 

"People are attracted to Maine because the perception is that it's safe, friendly, obviously beautiful scenery, and an authentic environment to visit," said Hewins.

 

According to Hewins, while it's good to see tourism up, a problem is there's not enough people in the hospitality industry to fill that demand.

 

 

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...