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04/28/05 - Chair of Tourism Commission to Addres

5/20/2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact information: Sara Brazer Brazer Communications (860) 354-5260 Greg Dugal, Executive Director Maine Innkeepers Association (207) 865-6100 CHAIR OF TOURISM COMMISSION TO ADDRESS THE GOVERNORS CONFERENCE Freeport, ME – April 28, 2005 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA), a leading provider of information and support to the lodging and tourism industry of Maine, is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Greg Dugal will be speaking at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism on April 29, as Chair of the Tourism Commission. The Governor's Conference on Tourism at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland and the first Maine Vacation & Travel Show at the Portland Expo are to be held on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 respectfully. The theme for this year’s Governor’s conference is “The Maine Experience,” and it is designed to offer Maine’s tourism industry the tools necessary to create and maintain a Maine vacation experience. Speakers will focus on making the tourism industry aware of the unique role it plays in providing a superior vacation experience; and workshops will cover a wide range of topics, from “Best Practices in Tourism and Destination Management” to “Nuts & Bolts of Succeeding with the RV Market.” MEIA members from Village Inn (Belgrade Lakes), Inn by the Sea (Cape Elizabeth), and Ware Street Inn Bed & Breakfast (Lewiston), will talk about Adding Value to the Maine Experience in a panel discussion. “The true essence of a vacation is the experience. All too often a vacation destination is unable to provide an interesting and exciting experience combined with excellent customer service for the visitor,” said Greg Dugal, Chair of the Tourism Commission and Executive Director, MEIA. “Great customer service and unique opportunities are what create satisfied guests who are more likely to become repeat visitors.” Dugal will address the Governor’s Conference at 4:30 p.m. on Friday April 29. He will be thanking the Commission and its many committees that have been involved in the in-state marketing program designed to attract Maine residents to vacation in Maine. The marketing program has included commercials and PSA's that have been seen by many Maine residents, and it gives the Commission the opportunity to market Maine internally, which can not be done by the Office of Tourism due to statutory constraints. Dugal will also thank the Natural Resources Committee for their role in assisting initiatives that have come forth from the Governor's Conferences on Nature Based Industries and the Creative Economy. He will also thank the Strategic Marketing Committee for its advice and efforts to maximize promotional dollars; and the Governor’s Conference Committee for creating the conference, and this year, the consumer show. “I am proud to be able to work with such an incredible group of individuals in our industry that work so hard to put on this event,” continued Dugal. “I am looking forward to the show and seeing our industry really express what it’s made of!” About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 800 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com. ###

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