Chamber to tout Twin Cities to state tourism staff

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LEWISTON — The Chamber of Commerce will bring directors and staff from Maine’s three tourist centers to Lewiston-Auburn in June to show off some of the area’s best features.

“These are people who direct people where to go in Maine, so we thought it would be a good idea to show them why they should send people here,” said Chip Morrison, president of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce.

The cities will host a director and one staff member from each of the state’s tourist information centers in York, Kittery and Fryeburg for two days beginning June 2.

“If the weather is nice, we might try and have a balloon ride at Simard-Payne Park,” Morrison said. “They could walk across the pedestrian bridge. Maybe we’ll have some kayaks for them to go for a paddle in the river. Then, it’s up the Riverwalk for cocktails at Gritty’s.”

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They’ll visit museums and galleries, eat in local restaurants and visit some of the Twin Cities’ best sites, including the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Lost Valley Ski Area, the Androscoggin Bank Colisee and Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary.

“We’ve changed a lot in the last few years and we actually have a lot to offer,” Morrison said. “These are the people who work at all of the main gateways into the state. If we get them more familiar with us, they’ll send more people our way.”

Morrison said a group of officials from the state Department of Economic and Community Development visited this spring and toured Museum L-A in the Bates Mill Enterprise Complex.

“They were surprised about some of the changes, and they suggested we meet some of the other tourism officials,” Morrison said. “I had to think about that for about 22 seconds before I said yes.”

Morrison and members of the chamber began promoting L-A’s tourism assets in community presentations in February. Those presentations involve reminding residents that there are plenty of amenities, assets, events and attractions in Lewiston-Auburn and the surrounding communities.

staylor@sunjournal.com

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