The Maine Office of Tourism has never quantified the economic impact of festival
The Maine Office of Tourism has never quantified the economic impact of festivals statewide, most of which are grassroots events run by volunteers, but the office is attempting to highlight such events as part of its "There's more to Maine," slogan. Maine hosts nearly 200 festivals annually, with the American Folk Festival in Bangor being unusual in having a national reach, a large budget, and professional staffers. Only a few of Maine's festivals apply for some of the $100,000 available to them every year, according to Donna McNeil, director of the Maine Arts Commission. With a chart of expenditures by American Folk Festival visitors in 2008.
Fairs, Festivals, Tourism
Donnelly, Sara, "The Maine Office of Tourism has never quantified the economic impact of festival" (2009). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 4889.
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