Columbus Day unofficial close of tourist season

4:56 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Columbus Day weekend came early this year, but it still marks the symbolic end of Maine's major tourist season... and people in the lodging business say this has been a pretty good year.

The Maine Innkeepers Association says this wasn't a record setting year, but it was a good one. The association expects total lodging sales this year to be around $650 million dollars. Several inkeepers in the midcoast told us August was slower than expected, but the rest of the season made up for it. And they say that will help them get through the winter and be ready for next year.

"Flat is the new up for us," said Duane Lowe of the Cod Cove Inn. "Because august was so strange here I'm not sure what happened here, but with a good September and October we'll finish flat or a little bit ahead of last year which was OK. And we'll always hope next year is better."

"It's been a great year, it has. Its been busy, usually July and August are crazy busy. And September goes down and October is good but this year its been busy since July, crazy busy," said Mimi McConnell of the Alewives and Ales Bed & Breakfast.

Fall tourism has become big business for Maine, and some people in the tourist industry say September is now a busier month than June.

NEWS CENTER

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