Katie Spiridakis, the marketing & communications manager at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, was unanimously voted in as a board member at the Maine Tourism Association’s Annual Meeting on May 11 in Lewiston.
“Katie will be a terrific new voice for our board,” said Chris Fogg, CEO of MTA. “She knows how to successfully navigate the challenges of promoting a small tourism business in Maine. That experience will be greatly beneficial to our members.”
As the marketing and communications manager, Spiridakis oversees all external communications and marketing efforts including the museum’s website, printed collateral, public and media relations, social media, and photography. Prior to joining the museum staff in 2014, Katie served as editor of two national trade publications at Moose River Media, a Vermont-based business-to-business media company. She serves on the promotions committee of Main Street Bath, the executive committee of the Maine Motorcoach Network, and is active in a variety of tourism initiatives including Experience Maritime Maine and Maine’s Pumpkin Trail.
The Maine Maritime Museum has been promoting Maine’s maritime heritage and culture for nearly 60 years. It offers galleries and exhibits, lighthouse and nature cruises, a lighthouse immersive experience, workshops teaching traditional woodworking techniques, the country’s only surviving shipyard where large wooden sailing vessels were built, a newly restored 1906 schooner, and a pirate play-ship for children.
The Maine Tourism Association has over 1,500 members representing a full range of tourism businesses including restaurants, lodging establishments, camps and campgrounds, retail, amusements, and guides and other services. The MTA Board of Directors has included, in recent years, people who work directly in the tourism industry such as hotel, restaurant, retail store and campground owners as well as those who work with and benefit from the tourism industry such as teachers, bankers and attorneys.