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
- 1998 Revenues from Tourism totaled $299.3 million
in state and local taxes.
- $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%