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"The Nation's Playground": Technology and Tourism
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A hundred years ago, the railroad was one of the world's latest technological innovations. Maine tourism grew, thanks to the presence of a widespread railroad network throughout the state. Then, the automobile came along and changed the nature of Maine tourism again. Today, we have the Internet. How might this technological innovation affect Maine's tourist industry in the long run? Follow the instructions below to help you answer this question.

A. Visit 2-3 of the following Maine tourism web sites.

www.mainrec.com

www.visitmaine.com

www.maineguide.com

www.mtkatahdin.com

www.maineevents.com

www.acadianationalpark.com

B. Using a separate sheet of paper, list the features of each site you visit. What does the site have to offer? Make sure your list is thorough.

C. How do these web sites differ from advertisements in books, newspapers, or magazines? For each site, write a short statement that identifies what you think distinguishes it from a non-Internet source.

D. Now, find a new Maine tourism web site of your own. Write a brief review (about a paragraph long) of this site. What does it do well? What needs improvement?

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