STATEWIDE – Maine is honoring some of its unsung heroes during its first Tourism Worker Appreciation Week.
Tourism is one of Maine’s largest industries and officials say it is the people behind the scenes who make it so successful.
“We thought it was important to recognize the people who actually work in the industry and the great job that they do,” said Maine Tourism Association CEO Chris Fogg. “We attract over 36 million visitors a year and it’s because of the exceptional service and hospitality these workers provide. Tourism is a huge driver for Maine’s economy.”
Tourism supports nearly 107,000 jobs in Maine and officials said there is a shortage of people to fill those positions. They said there is a misperception that tourism jobs are seasonal and low paying. Officials said tourism isn’t just jobs; it also can be a career. Tourism industry officials said they hope that taking a week to applaud employees will encourage more people to consider it as an occupation.