Story posted January 22, 2008
The series installment featured Vail's speech titled "Tourism Strategy for the Maine Woods: A Big Push to World Class," in which he summarizes four years of research and advisory work on the challenge of transforming Maine's Northern Forest region into a world class tourist destination.
He urges the state and the five rural tourism regions to forge a three-part "big push" strategy. Part one is shaping the two million acres of existing protected lands into a Great Maine Woods Recreation Area. Part two is securing Federal designation of a Maine Woods National Heritage Area. Part three is helping hundreds of tourism businesses, from outfitters to restaurants, deliver world class product quality — and livable wage jobs.
The speech was recorded at the Androscoggin River Watershed Council's annual conference, "Outdoor Recreation and the Economy," held at the Sunday River Ski Resort on Jan. 8, 2008.