Using the latest available U.S. Census data pertaining to the NAICS category "Recreational Camps", on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 2 in the nation in terms of sales and # 1 in terms of payrolls.Description
Description of this NAICS category:
"This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in operating overnight recreational camps, such as children's camps, family vacation camps, hunting and fishing camps, and outdoor adventure retreats that offer trail riding, white-water rafting, hiking, and similar activities. These establishments provide accommodation facilities, such as cabins and fixed campsites, and other amenities, such as food services, recreational facilities and equipment, and organized recreational activities."
While recreational camp data may not be a perfect surrogate for tourism data they are indication of what we already know - Maine is highly favored by tourists and tourism is a particularly important business for Maine.
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(Top 20 States based on per capita annual sales of recreational camps, i.e., "sleep away" camps)
There is no doubt that the Maine brand is the great outdoors. And it is a potentially even more valuable brand in years to come as more and more of the huddled masses in Megalopolis and other places discover the incredible place that is Maine. Unless we destroy it.
Why would we want to jeopardize the tourism and tourism potential we have here in Maine? Do our representatives in Augusta really want to infest our incredible mountains, ridges, hilltops, lakes, forests, farmlands, seacoast and islands with giant out of place industrial wind installations and requisite transmission gashes? All so that a small handful of super wealthy insiders in distant places can become yet wealthier at the expense of Mainers and our visitors who so faithfully depend on Maine being Maine?