Annual Tourism Symposium

Each year DART hosts an Annual Tourism Symposium & Awards Luncheon, modeled after the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The Symposium provides opportunities for people in the travel and tourism industry to network with other professionals and communities, share news and ideas, and celebrate the region’s tourism movers and shakers.

The Symposium is held in a different part of the region each year, and focuses on a different theme.  We partner with businesses, organizations, and municipalities to highlight the diverse resources and communities that together create the DownEast Acadia experience.

The event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The 7th Annual Tourism Symposium will be held on October 13, 2022 in Eastport.

The event will highlight Arts & Culture in the communities of Calais, Eastport, Lubec, and Machias as part of their Destination Development collaboration.

Special activities and community tours will occur the day before, October 12th – we hope you will join us in exploring Way DownEast Maine!

Stay Tuned for further information….

Past themes include:

3rd Annual (2017) – Downtown Revitalization & Entrepreneurship – Bucksport

4th Annual (2018) – Balsam, Wild Blueberries, and Bicycling – Machias Bay Area

5th Annual (2019) – Traditional Industries, History & Art – Blue Hill Peninsula

6th Annual (2020) – Outdoor Recreation – held via Zoom due to Covid 19

VIEW OR LISTEN TO THE 2020 6TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM HERE.

VIEW LIST OF SPEAKERS AND DART INTRODUCTION