Coastal Tourism Planning

Maine Sea Grant recognizes tourism as an important aspect of the coastal economy. Throughout the Gulf of Maine region, tourism offers communities both economic promise and environmental concern. In Maine, the tourism industry and its affiliated support services employ more than fishing, farming, forestry, and aquaculture combined. The region’s fame as a coastal destination requires careful planning and creative partnerships among industry, management, municipalities, and agencies to foster a tourism economy that is both healthy for local communities and inspiring for its visitors.