ST. STEPHEN, NB – Tourists flock to the East Coast every year to take in the sights of Maine and New Brunswick. Now, the two regions are working together to put the East Coast on the map.
Officials from Maine and New Brunswick announced Friday the renewal of the ‘Two Nation Vacation’ – a getaway that includes stops in both Canada and the United States.
Operators invite tourists to stop by Calais for a lunch of Maine lobster and seafood, then hop across the border for dessert at the Ganong Chocolate Museum.
Both areas will contribute $125,000 a year for the next four years to improve the attraction.
“We wanted to formalize an agreement for the next four years and we wanted to make sure that we had the funding in place to ramp it up a little bit, because quite frankly, we need to get in front of more people,” said NB Tourism Minister, Trevor Holder.
Holder said the funds will be used to target travel writers and bloggers from Ontario, down the coast to Philadelphia and Boston. They hope to highlight some of the region’s best spots, like the newly renovated historic Algonquin Hotel in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, there’s no such thing as a typical tourist. Everyone has a different plan, different idea in mind, a different destination. We hope to have some influence on what those destinations may be,” said George Gervais, of Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development.