We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2018!

The Maine Office of Tourism awarded $132,875 to 10 recipients in the Fall 2017 round of Special Event and Tourism Enterprise Marketing Grants. Award recipients are:             

Tourism Enterprise Grants           

  • The Portland Bach Experience - $10,000                              
  • Maine Huts & Trails - $10,000                             
  • Moosehead Lake Region Chamber - $8,575                                
  • Whoopie Pie Festival - $9,800                                
  • Main Street Maine Trail - $9,500                                 
  • Maine International Film Festival - $10,000                              
  • Castine Bastille Day - $2,500                                
  • Moose Lottery Festival - $10,000                              
  • Maine Grains Conference & Kneading Festival - $2,500           
Special Events
  • The Abbe Museum Indian Market -  $60,000                 


2018 Winter Travel Show Schedule – The Maine Office of Tourism will promote Maine at eight domestic and Canadian travel shows during winter 2018:

  • Washington DC Travel Adventure Show                 January 20-12, 2018
  • New York Times Travel Show                                 January 26-28, 2018
  • Great American Outdoor Show                               February 3-11, 2018
  • Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show                           February 23-25, 2018
  • World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition                       March 2-5, 2018
  • Philadelphia Travel Adventure Show                      March 10-11, 2018
  • Ottawa Travel & Vacation Show                              March 17-18, 2018
  • Montreal Outdoor Adventure Show                         April 7-8, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reports that real spending (output) on travel and tourism accelerated in the third quarter of 2017, growing at an annual rate of 6.6 percent after increasing 6.0 percent (revised) in the second quarter, according to new statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real gross domestic product (GDP) for the nation also accelerated, increasing 3.3 percent in the third quarter (second estimate) after increasing 3.1 percent in the second quarter of 2017.   The full text of the release on BEA's Web site can be found at


2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism AwardsFINAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - The deadline to submit a nomination is January 8, 2018.  Please send us your nominations of outstanding people, businesses and organizations in our industry that are helping to advance the growth of tourism in Maine. The award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism to be held April 3-4th in Portland. Click here to submit your nomination online or to download a copy of the nomination form and guidelines.

Maine Motorcoach Network Deadline extended. For those interested in submitting a profile sheet for your business in the 2018 Profile Book, there is still time - MMN has extended the deadline to January 19, 2018.   

To re-use your 2017 profile sheet or to submit a new one please CLICK HERE. Invoices will be e-mailed to you with payment instructions. NEW! Reserve the inside back cover for added visibility. Click here for details.

Initiatives that complement the Profile Book include: 


WelcomeME, a free online customer service training program designed to assist tourism employers, employees, and students, has a new landing page and is now available at


The MOT’s first snow report of the season was distributed on December 27.The weekly Snow Reports, produced in partnership with the Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association, will provide weekly updates during the winter months on snow conditions in the mountains and on the trails, with a calendar of winter events.

Recent results from the Maine Office of Tourism PR program include Maine destinations featured in three Huffington Post stories: the Cliff House featured in a roundup of the Top 20 new and renewed hotels in the USA; five Maine museums featured in an review of arts destinations in the Northeast USA; and inclusion of Migis Lodge and Monhegan House in a story on upscale hideaways on the Eastern seaboard.

International coverage included a 45-minute documentary on Maine which aired this month for the first time on Mare TV (Germany). It was commissioned by German public broadcasting TV and will be aired several times throughout the next 2-3 years. Additionally, an article on skiing in New England that mentions Bethel area resorts was picked up by the German newswire DPA and has been picked up by 114 news outlets.

Learn more about how you can participate in MOT’s PR Partners Program, connecting Maine’s hospitality businesses and wealth of travel experiences to qualified media and tourism decision-makers who have influence on the traveling public.


Top Destinations and Travel Trends for 2018 - Connecting with locals, discovering unique culinary experiences and holistic wellness are some of the top motivations for travel in 2018, according to a Travel Pulse article about a recently released American Express 2018 travel trend and top destinations report.


When is the Best Time to Post on Social Media? Here’s a few tips from Simply Measured to get your New Year off to a good start!


When: NEW in 2018 Great Maine Outdoor WEEK, February 9-19.

Plan your Maine Great Outdoor Weekend event! 

Submit Your Events today for the February 2017 Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! The earlier you submit your event, the more time we have to promote it - so start planning your event NOW.  


When: April 3-4, 2018 - SAVE THE DATE!

Where: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine

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DISCOVER NEW ENGLAND Tourism Summit & International Marketplace

When: April 22-24, 2018

Where: Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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