MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Businesses in the tourism sector of the economy are invited to the Maine Office of Tourism’s “On the Road” presentation. It’s Tuesday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to noon and takes place in Long Reach Hall at Maine Maritime Museum, 242 Washington St., Bath.

The presentation will:

— Cover the Maine Office of Tourism report from the Governor’s Conference on Tourism which was held earlier this year at the Augusta Civic Center.

— Present findings of the recent market segmentation study.

— Highlight items from the 2014 Maine Office of Tourism annual report.

— Provide an overview of the 2015 Maine Office of Tourism marketing plan and creative materials.

— Give you and your tourism business tips on how to post your free business listing and events on the VisitMaine.com site.

Here’s a preview of some of the information you’ll learn.

Tourism is one of Maine’s largest industries. It supports 94,118 jobs, which is equal to about 14 percent of the employment in the state. What does this mean to you, the citizens of Maine? Two scenarios: If visitors to Maine were to decrease by 15 percent, the average median household would see an increase of approximately $144 in taxes to maintain government services at current levels. But if the number of overnight visitors were to increase by 10 percent, this would mean an estimated 7.4 percent increase in direct expenditures, or $402 million.

Learn more about what the Maine Office of Tourism is doing to bring more visitors to Maine and how your tourism business can align with it for success.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

— Sebasco Harbor Resort hosts the May 27 Chamber After Hours at its beautiful seaside location. Chamber After Hours are open house-style events. Business people are invited to attend anywhere from 5-7 p.m. This event provides an opportunity to make new connections, gather business leads and reconnect with business owners. The event is free of charge and all chamber member owners, managers and employees are invited.

Please pre-register for all events at www.midcoastmaine.com.

OUR MEMBERS: We welcome BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) — Midcoast to our membership, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of reusable bags and reducing litter and waste in our communities.

We also welcome Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc., a new office at Brunswick Landing. They offer a wide range of consulting services, including aviation, transportation, environmental, structural, land development and sustainable design services, as well as planning, construction inspection and administration expertise.

SMMC proudly serves 700 businesses and organizations in the following communities: Arrowsic, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Dresden, Edgecomb, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Richmond, Topsham, West Bath, Westport Island, Wiscasset and Woolwich.


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