Title

University of Southern Maine professor Joseph Conforti comments on the 100-year

Authors

Source

Biz

Date

6-1-1996

Pages

20-21

Abstract

University of Southern Maine professor Joseph Conforti comments on the 100-year history of Maine tourism. Tourism didn't flourish in Maine until the 1880s, when railroads expanded into the state. In the early 20th century, amusement parks were popular in southern Maine, while lumber railroads brought back-to-nature tourists to Aroostook County and Rangely :Lake. Summer camps and Maine Guides expanded the industry in the 1930s, and motels continued to grow from 1920 through the 1960s. Only in the last 30 to 40 years has year-round tourism grown in Maine. Today Maine tourism is defined by shopping and competition around the country for tourist dollars. Conforti predicts continued growth, particularly in heritage tourism for aging Baby Boomers.

Subjects

Tourist trade, Conforti, Joseph

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