Labor Day Marks End of Summer Tourism in Maine

Labor Day is the traditional last push for summer tourism in Maine, and this weekend tops off a strong year for the industry.

At Old Orchard Beach, both business owners and beach goers said they're sad to see summer go.

From beaches to parks to retail sales, tourism officials reported a strong summer across the board, with just one exception: less money from Canadian tourists.

Earlier this season there were concerns that a weakened Canadian dollar would hurt tourism, but business owners in Old Orchard Beach say an influx of American tourists offset any decline in Canadian business.

Tourism officials say a long winter made New Englanders eager to plan summer vacations. That, combined with an improving economy and great weather, brought a million cars through Maine this Labor Day.

The Maine Turnpike estimates traffic is up by 3 percent this Labor Day weekend compared to last. 

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