The primary focus of destination development is on rural-destination areas in Maine that are in decline. Destination development requires looking at the entire tourism system within a destination area holistically; working with an organized, committed group of local leaders to monitor meetings and assessing where destination areas are in the development process; offering direction, guidance and advice; and facilitating access to appropriate State of Maine resources when and as they are available.
Donna Moreland, Destination Development Specialist for the Maine Office of Tourism, shadows chosen destination development areas and functions as an advisor. Contact Donna at 207-624-9808 or at [email protected]
MOT Destination Development Toolkit
Fundamentals of Destination Development – A Community Handbook
Published in December 2020, Fundamentals of Destination Development-A Community Handbook will provide Maine regions and communities with the foundation and tools necessary to begin a meaningful destination development initiative within a region or community. It is recommended to download and review this document by the sections below.
Other Helpful Resources:
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Rural Economic Development Toolkit
Community Destination Academy (CDA)
The core of the Maine Office of Tourism’s CDA program is built upon a basic curriculum that is applicable to all Maine’s rural destination areas, even though no two CDA’s are never the same. Local leadership teams work to plan the courses and insure that specific community needs are addressed.
The CDA program has been completed in Maine’s Moosehead Lake, Rangeley Lakes, and the Mahoosucs (Bethel) regions. Learn more about each with the case studies below.
Community Destination Academy Summit – Monday, May 3, 2021 (Recording)
The focus of the Community Destination Academy Summit is to listen and interact with leaders from our Community Destination Academy areas as they discuss one of many projects they are executing as the result of their collective community visioning. This session is valuable to all people who are working at “placemaking” in Maine.
Destination Development – Inventory Project Log-in