Banner Year for Maine Tourism?

Tourism is Maine's biggest industry, and its poised to have a banner year.

Last month was huge for the Maine Turnpike. There was an eight percent increase in traffic this year may compared to last.

Whether it's by car or cruise ship, more visitors are coming to the state each year. The numbers have been on the rise since 2009, and the Visitors Bureau predicts big numbers for this summer.

Whether it's lower gas prices or new attractions, more people are vacationing in Maine. The Office of Tourism reports more than 32 million visitors last year - up 10 percent from the year before.

New attractions, like the Portland Harbor Fleet's Casco Bay Island Tour, and the concerts at the Maine State Pier, are giving people new reasons to visit.

The Maine Turnpike Authority had originally expected a two to three percent increase in traffic this summer - but based on the may numbers, they might adjust their forecast. This could be the best year for tourism since the recession.

Turnpike officials say the only two states in New England reporting an increase in may traffic are Maine and New Hampshire.

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