Economike [i]- "If the state desisted from strangling economic development in general, northern Maine would thrive. On the other hand, no politician would be able to claim the credit."[/i]
Exactly. State business and insurance regulations are the biggest deterent to economic development in northern Maine, with the exception of LURC. :evil:
There was an article on the front page of the Maine Sunday Telegram about 2 years ago talking about the tourism industry in Maine. The parts of the article that I remember (I think!!) were that 1. Maine tourism was largely supported by unplanned overnight or weekend trips; 2. The trips largely originated in the North Shore of MA; 3. Maine had traditionally been percieved as a travel bargain (relative to other destinations easily accessible from the North Shore) and was no longer percieved as the relative travel bargain. This change in perception about cost was pushing people away from Maine.
So, it seems, the costs of doing business in Maine has affected the tourism industry as it has all others in the state. My own theory is that it took longer to filter to the tourism industry since the cost feedback is not as positive as manufactured goods. In other words, the cost of a manufactured item is immediately known. The cost of a weekend in Maine is harder to compare since it would be based largely on personal memory and lacks a positive feedback method.
The answers to this question are the same as the others affecting this state.
Also, the North Maine Woods are how far from the North Shore? Hardly an easy weekend trip.
I live parallel to the north woods - can get to Quebec about as fast as to Boston. Can reach any Allagash access point in 3 hours or less. If I were to spend a weekend in Boston (perish the thought!) it would not be very difficult.
". . our three million acres of protected lands into a Great Maine Woods Recreation Network".
Sounds like Quimby Lite to me.
There's a whole flock of like-minded groups out there. They all sound like Quimby or Jym St.Pierre or NRCM. Not a whit's worth of difference between them and not a full deck amongst them.
[quote]I wonder how many visitors who feel a sudden thundershower while watching Thunder Hole is "roughing it" would react to three days of steady, chilly NNW winds on Fifth St. John Pond?[/quote]
No real threat of Maine experiencing a Disneyfication unless this global warming project succeeds. :wink:
pmh, I know - believe me, I know, I've encountered many of them. I keep referring to P. J. O'Rourke and "All the Trouble in the World" - he takes on the environmental movement bigtime, too - and it's similar to the overpopulation craze, "Too much of you, just enough of me" - people like this nutjob in England have a wilderness complex, and visualize a uninterupted skylines with only they and their like-minded cronies enjoying it, because the rest of the unwashed masses are too stupid to appreciate it.
If anyone would like to review an array of tourism resources, take a look at the following state website (DECD): [b] [url]http://www.econdevmaine.com/tourism[/url][/b]
For your convenience, you'll find some of the more interesting reports/programs listed below. Please note; if you go to the DECD website, you'll need to scroll down quite a ways until you hit the section called:
[b]Maine Media Plans:[/b]
* 2007 Calendar Year Media Plan
[b]Maine Tourism Facts:[/b]
* The Profile of First-time & Repeat Trips to Maine
[b]Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program:[/b]
* MTMPP Guidelines (FY 2007)
--> this is a $750,000 annual grant program for major events and the eight tourism regions
[b]Maine Visitor Research[/b]
* 2005 Maine Visitor Research
--> powerpoint presentation with Lots of detailed information
[b]Regional Research Reports:[/b]
* 2003 Aroostook County Visitor Study
* 2003 Kennebec and Moose River Valleys Visitor Study
* 2003 Maine Lakes & Mts Visitor Study
* 2003 The Maine Highlands Visitor Study
[b]Strategic Five-year Plan:[/b]
+ the next 5-year plan should be released by August.
NOTE: The state's tourism website for consumers is
TAX MAINE TO DEATH!
That is the motive.
What shape was our tourism industry in pre-1970 or so? I seem to remember that there was a time when "Vacationland" wasn't a joke on our license plate.
[quote]What shape was our tourism industry in pre-1970 or so? [/quote]
Minus the Government Of Baldez :idea:
[quote="bryce"]...there was a time when "Vacationland" wasn't a joke on our license plate.[/quote]
VACATIONland? I thought it was TAXATIONLAND.
"What shape was our tourism industry in pre-1970 or so? I seem to remember that there was a time when "Vacationland" wasn't a joke on our license plate."
I remember when people came to Maine sporting camps and enjoyed the back country. They would hunt or fish all day and come back to a fine dinner served in the dining hall. There must have been hundreds of such camps. Some families came by train and were picked up at the station by station wagons. Later, people liked the station wagons so much they bought their own. Their luggage was picked up by pickup trucks. Families began to buy those too. As the "do it yourself" craze began people used the sporting camps less and started tenting in the back country. My boys went down the Allagash the first time when they were six and eight. Now that my hair is white I'm glad we still have some sporting camps left. I wish people could get permits to recreate some of those old camps in Northern Maine, but those sites are not in commercial zones today as opportunity for business continues to shrink.
Roger is correct...Maine USED to be quick to get here and cheap to vacation here. Maine is neither anymore. There used to be alot of campgrounds and other places to pitch a tent. Not so anymore. People just don't like to rough it now a days (that goes for me too :oops: )and Maine offers little or no alternatives especially when it comes to attracting younger visiters.(See Penn Gaming Thread) :evil: