BANGOR — For the first time, the Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held north of Augusta, and Bangor organizers have planned a full evening of awards, theater and music to kick off the two-day event on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
The annual tourism conference, “Toward One Voice ’98,” is a statewide gathering devoted to workshops and seminars on tourism in Maine, an industry that state and national business officials say will be the nation’s No. 1 industry by 2000.
The conference at the Bangor Civic Center will feature a dinner Wednesday and seminars all day Thursday, Jan. 15.
Local entertainers will perform during the dinner, including: Bruce McKenzie Johnson; Brian and Sheila Higgins, portraying Gen. and Mrs. Joshua Chamberlain; John Lest as Paul Bunyan; Timber Tina of the Great Maine Lumberjack Show; The Maine Steiners; the Maine Shakespeare Festival and the Penobscot Theatre; the Bangor Symphony Orchestra woodwind quintet; Robinson Ballet; and the Bangor Heritage Singers.
First lady Mary Herman will present tourism awards for state competition winners in categories of accommodations, food service, transportation, attractions, retail, recreation and public service.
A full day of seminars from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday will delve into such topics as travel trends, international marketing, arts and heritage tourism, and transportation. There also will be a preview of the state’s summer advertising and media campaign.
More than 20 tourism programs will set up booths, and a “networking luncheon” will give the public an opportunity to see what kind of tourism Maine has to offer.
The conference will end with an open forum for questions and answers. Forum participants will include Tom McBrierty, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development; Dann Lewis, director of tourism; and Roger Poulin, chairman of the Maine Tourism Commission.
Admission to the dinner and conference is $65 per person. To attend the conference Thursday, the fee is $40 and includes breakfast and lunch. For information or to register, contact the state Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station, Augusta.