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TOURISM TODAY: MAINE TOURISM FACTS
  • In 1998, nonresident visitors to Maine directly and indirectly generated:
    • $8.0 billion in sales of goods and services;
    • over 104,000 jobs; and
    • $2.3 billion in total payroll

  • In 1998 U.S. travelers to Maine spent an estimated $4.9 billion on food, lodging, leisure activities, retail and transportation.

  • Almost 70% of all travel expenditures were made by out-of state visitors.

  • Out-of-state overnight visitors spent $1.8 billion and day visitors $1.6 billion in Maine.

  • 1998 Revenues from Tourism totaled $299.3 million in state and local taxes.
    This includes:
    • $168.8 million in Sales Tax;
    • $ 88.6 million in Personal Income Tax and
    • $ 41.9 million in Gasoline Tax.

  • An estimated 8.6 million overnight trips were taken to Maine in 1998. A 4% increase over 1997.

  • Day trips to Maine in 1998 totaled an estimated 32.6 million. A 6% increase over 1997.

  • Summer travel during July, August and September accounts for 55% of trips to Maine.

  • Travel patterns for the rest of the year are:
    • 22% during April, May & June;
    • 9% during January, February & March; and
    • 14% during October, November & December.

  • Maine continues to be primarily a regional destination as 70% of Maine's visitors arrive from within a day's drive.

  • Visitors come to Maine:
    • to tour the state - 33%
    • enjoy Maine's superb outdoors - 25%
    • attend a special event - 10%, and
    • for a beach vacation - 11%


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AN IDEA IS BORN | NATIVE LIFE | TOURISM TODAY | FEATURED INTERVIEWS | TRANSCRIPT

HISTORY TIMELINE | ARTS & CULTURE TIMELINE | NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE | CLASSROOM | HISTORY LINKS | SITE INDEX

 

HOME: The Story of Maine on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network was made in partnership with the Maine State Museum. Major funding was provided by the  Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency committed to fostering innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning. Additional funding provided by Elsie Viles.
Major funding for previous seasons of  HOME: The Story of Maine was made possible by a grant from Rural Development, a part of the USDA. Special support is provided by The Maine State Museum and Northeast Historic Films.