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Maine Tourism Association's 102nd Annual Meeting & Toast to Tourism

May 14, 2024

This year the Maine Tourism Association is hosting our 102nd Annual Meeting at Brick South at Thompson's Point, sponsored by Bay Ferries - The CAT. There will be a chance to network with industry peers, learn the latest marketing trends and toast to Maine's tourism industry at Bissell Brother's new event space. We can't wait to see you there!


 Brick South at Thompson's Point

& Bissell Brothers

Portland, Maine


Tuesday, May 14th

9:45AM - 5:00PM


Member-Partner: $125

Non-Member: $135


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM 


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM 

Build Your Internship Workshop

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM 

Networking + Exhibitions

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch, MTA Annual Meeting + Hall of Fame Award

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout #1: ChatGPT: Your New Travel Companion with Elizabeth Sutherland + Jessica Ward

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM:

Breakout #2: Adapting to Change: Building Resilience in the Face of Maine's Shifting Climate

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Toast to Tourism Networking Event at Bissell Brothers

Meet our Guest Speakers:


Morning Workshop (10:15AM - 11:15AM): Build Your Internship

The right internship can create a lasting connection between businesses and their future employees. Through a hands-on and guided experience, interns learn what you as an employer are really looking for from your workforce. At this year’s MTA Annual Meeting, take part in our first Build Your Internship Workshop, where members of the workforce development team will help you outline and integrate your own internships for high schoolers, college students, and beyond.



Breakout #1 (1:15PM - 2:30PM): AI: Your New Travel Companion

Discover how ChatGPT can help you develop marketing strategies that increase revenue while decreasing in-house effort with Elizabeth’s insights on enhancing customer engagement through AI. Then, dive into its daily practical applications with Jessica and learn how to increase your productivity and your internal capacity by crafting engaging content, managing ongoing outreach, and providing personalized service.

Jess & Elizabeth


Breakout #2 (2:30PM - 3:45PM): Adapting to Change: Building Resilience in the Face of Maine's Shifting Climate

Join us as we hear from industry leaders across the state as they discuss Maine’s shifting climate. Each panelist will provide valuable insight on their initiatives focused on climate change and address emerging challenges and opportunities the industry faces. This panel will offer valuable resources for both beginners as well as seasoned experts to navigate Maine's changing climate with confidence.

Climate Panel


Want to stay in Portland the night before?

Book your stay with the Clarion Hotel before April 29th and get a room for only $99!

Call (207) 774-5611 and mention the Maine Tourism Association's Annual Meeting





Event Sponsor:

Bay Ferries - The CAT

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Amtrak Downeaster

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Contributing Sponsor:

CTM Media Group


Thank you to our exhibitors:

Better Business Bureau

Maine Day Ventures

CTM Media Group

Maine Community College System

Real Maine ID

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Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor? Reach out to Erin Laskey at


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted through April 30 and will be provided a full refund. Any cancellations made after April 30 may be applied as a credit for next year. All cancellations and refunds must be in writing to