WHAT: Maine Tourism Association Centennial Gala and Annual Meeting 

WHEN: Thursday, May 19

WHERE: Poland Spring Resort, Poland, Maine


SCHEDULE: 4:00–5:30 PM Cocktail hour (Poland Spring Bottling Museum)

6:00–8:00 PM Dinner, Annual Meeting, Hall of Fame, Keynote Speaker Tim Sample (The Maine Inn)

8:00–9:30 PM Mallett Brothers concert (lawn outside The Maine Inn)

9:30 PM Fireworks


The Maine Tourism Association (MTA) celebrates its 100th year in 2022 and will hold its Annual Meeting and Centennial Gala on Thursday, May 19, at Poland Spring Resort, Poland, Maine. 


MTA was founded as the Maine Publicity Bureau by Hiram W. Ricker, son of the founder of Poland Spring, with the goal of “advertising the attractions of Maine as a tourist State.”


Each year, MTA inducts into its Hall of Fame a person or persons who through their leadership, dedication and professionalism have made significant and sustained contributions to the tourism industry in Maine. This year MTA’s Hall of Fame inductees are Maine’s Tourism Employees as they are the backbone of the industry and, with the challenges of the past two years, particularly deserving of this recognition on MTA’s 100th anniversary.


Tim Sample will serve as the keynote speaker and a concert by the Mallett Brothers follows the dinner and meeting.


On the ballot for MTA’s Board of Directors are Geoff Iacuessa, President and General Manager of the Portland Sea Dogs and Don Kleiner, owner of Maine Outdoors, a professional guide service, as well as two other board members seeking to renew their terms: Lynn Tillotson, VisitPortland, and Scott Riccio, Northeast Charter & Tour Co.


Incorporated in January 1922, the Maine Tourism Association is the state’s largest advocate for all tourism-related businesses. MTA members include lodging, restaurants, camps, campgrounds, retail, outdoor recreation, guides, tour operators, transportation, amusements, and cultural and historical attractions. MTA is a private, non-profit association that operates seven State Visitor Information Centers—Kittery, Fryeburg, Yarmouth, Hampden North and South, Houlton, and Calais.


MTA has been producing and distributing the state’s official travel planner, Maine Invites You, since its inception in 1933. The Association also produces the official state highway map, and has produced many other publications over the decades to inspire travelers in Maine.

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