The plan could bring new people to Maine and it could also help some Mainers stay. From the lodging perspective, finding a diamond in the rough property is exciting. Those that have done business before in Maine are stronger from their experiences. These seasoned business owners can renovate and create anywhere. I truly believe there will be some great destination gems created through this program.
The key here is to help Maine seasonal businesses capture more profit to be flexible. More profit could allow a lodging to close some rooms so that staff is not stretched, or it could mean having more money to reward employees with.
The slogan this year for NTTW is Travel Then and Now. The slogan encourages the industry to reflect on past success and promote policies for the future. This reflection is needed more than ever in the industry.
I am sure the entire state of Maine will watch this discussion and outcome. Creating productive work environments in our Cities is beneficial to the entire State. As our State struggles with an aging population and our youth leaving, it is important for employers to hear the concerns of the community and create viable opportunities.
Managers will stretch the labor force to meet demand, just as they have the last few years. This constant struggle reminded me of the famous quote about insanity. The quote is “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Yes, it seems the cards are stacked against the tourism industry this year, but the tourism businesses are creative and I am confident they will be successful. Here are some of the ways I hear Maine tourism businesses will ride the employment wave.
Is 2017 different from other years? The Governor’s Conference will focus on important issues of workforce development and visitor experience. There are several issues that should be considered for 2017. Here are some things I am watching and trying to plan for in the 2017 Maine tourism season.
I am a small business owner in Maine and I would like to see opportunity created from disruption. We are a creative state with very smart people. Don’t let the Airbnb controversy lead to angry residents and tourism businesses losing money.