NEWRY (AP) — The Maine Office of Tourism says direct tourism spending grew 3.2 percent and the number of tourism jobs grew 5.1 percent last year.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the figures compiled by digital research firm DPA were released Tuesday at the governor’s conference on tourism at Sunday River.

The report says tourism revenue hit a record $5.65 billion while the total economic impact of tourism totaled $8.29 billion. The spending supported 98,932 jobs.

The two-day conference got off to a snowy start Monday afternoon. Tuesday’s session includes a guest appearance and talk by travel expert Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel.

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