Maine Travel Restrictions are a ‘Maine Problem’ – Travel Reporter
Maine Travel restrictions are a “Maine problem,” the Maine Travel Industry Association (MTEA) said in a new video titled “Mitt Romney’s Maine Problem.”
The video, which was released on Monday, shows a frustrated MTEA president Paul Ehrlich explaining the challenges of traveling with limited resources.MTEAs chief executive and president of the association, Mark Perna, told the outlet that travel restrictions have become a “maine problem.”
“Maine has the largest population of visitors in the world, and it has the highest cost of living in the country,” Pernas said.
“We’ve got a lot of people that don’t want to go to Maine, and they don’t really understand how that affects them, or how that impacts the travel industry.”
“We don’t have to travel in a state that we have to go through the hassle of trying to find an airline,” Prenta said.
“We’re not going to get into the debate about the travel of the Republican nominee, but we do have to be aware of our own business, and how that impact our business.”
According to the MTEAs website, there are 6 million registered Maine travelers, which means there are about 1.5 million people who want to travel to Maine.
Pernis said that in order to maintain a viable business, travel must be a priority for the Maine Tourism Development Corporation.
“Our goal is to make it easy to do business in Maine,” Perenas said, “and to do that we need to be able to attract more people to Maine.”
The Maine Travel Council, the largest state tourism industry association, estimates that there are approximately 8 million people in the state.
Perenis said he would be open to working with the Maine Department of Economic Development to bring more travelers to the state in the future.
“It’s a little difficult to say that if they were to put more resources into the travel business that they could have a larger impact,” Prynas said of the travel restrictions.
“But they’re going to have to.”