02 Nov 2010

Maine reports tourism up

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from the The Associated Press, as printed in the Portland Press Herald online

AUGUSTA Maine officials say summer tourism was up significantly over last year.

Data collected by Davidson-Peterson Associates, a travel and tourism research firm in Kennebunk that represents the Office of Tourism, says an estimated 13.7 million day travelers and an additional estimated 9.5 million overnight travelers visited Maine during the summer of 2010.

That marks an increase in day visitation of 8 percent over the summer of 2009, with overnight visitation up 14 percent over a year ago.

Officials say tourism generates approximately $8 billion in sales of goods and services and contributes more than $400 million in state and local tax revenue.


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