The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced today that Bangor, Maine, USA, has become a member of its growing destination alliance.
Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, said: “Bangor, Maine, is the home of the legendary Paul Bunyan, and is really a top heritage and nature destination with exactly the mindset of green growth and quality that we are building in the ICTP network. Once the ‘lumber capital’ of the world, they bring a strong conservation vision to our work.”
Bangor, the “Queen City” of Maine, is located on the western bank of the mighty Penobscot River. The proximity of the river made Bangor the “lumber capital of the world” for much of the 19th century. Bangor is the third-largest city in the state and the retail, cultural, and service center for central, eastern, and northern Maine, as well as Atlantic Canada.
Bangor has a rich and diverse historic and cultural landscape - Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln’s first Vice President, was born and lived there, and best-selling author, Stephen King, still resides in town. Bangor is also home to one of America’s oldest symphony orchestras and Maine’s only gaming facility. As the “Gateway to More of Maine,” Bangor is an easy drive to four of Maine’s most spectacular regions: Aroostook County, Down East&Acadia, The Maine Highlands, and Maine’s Mid-Coast. These regions offer visitors a chance to explore some of Maine’s most popular attractions. From whale watching to fly fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking, festivals and fairs, you get “More of Maine” in Bangor.
The Maine Highlands region encompasses the Greater Bangor region, Moosehead Lake, the Katahdin area, and everything in between. It is a land of superlatives, boasting the state’s highest mountain, longest river, largest freshwater lake (east of the Mississippi), the “Grand Canyon of Maine,” and the third largest city. Bangor is also 90 minutes from the Down East and Acadia tourism region, home to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Within this region there are 24 lighthouses and many coastal villages offering some of Maine’s most spectacular coastlines and outdoor adventures.
“The Greater Bangor Convention&Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is very excited and looking forward to being a part of this grassroots organization, ICTP, which promotes ‘blue’ and ‘green’ destination opportunities; Bangor and the state of Maine are home to some of the most quintessential land and ocean recreational destinations in the nation. We, here at the GBCVB and within the state of Maine, are very devoted to quality customer service; the state even hosts a free quality service online training, available to anyone and everyone that comes in contact with a visitor or local alike. The area has some amazing sustainable eco-tourism adventures that we are looking forward to promoting with ICPT.”