Native American group seeks to boost tourism in Maine | Maine News
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A group of Native American tribes are working on a plan to boost tourism efforts in the years to come.
The effort is called the Wabanaki Cultural Tourism Initiative and includes the state’s five Wabanaki tribes. The tribes carry out the work through the Four Directions Development Corporation, which state officials described as an indigenous community development financial institution.
The Maine Tourist Board announced Monday that it had granted the financial institution $ 150,000 to help develop tourism. The development company wants to create a tourism economy in Wabanaki by 2030, officials said.
The tourism board said the money would also be used to enroll tribal members of the development society in the George Washington University’s Cultural Heritage Tourism Certificate program. This program is intended to help community leaders and others develop tourism.
Charlene Virgilio, executive director of Four Directions Development Corporation, said state aid “will support the development of a tourism industry in Wabanaki.”
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