Sen. King to Bar Harbor for cruise symposium

BAR HARBOR — Senator Angus King, industry leaders and Maine and Canadian officials are coming to town next week for the 2015 Cruise Canada New England Symposium to be held at the Harborside Hotel.

The event is organized by the Bar Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, town of Bar Harbor, CruiseMaineUSA and the Maine Office of Tourism.

The three-day event begins Monday morning and includes panels and business sessions to discuss current issues in the industry. Cruise operators, destinations, airport and seaport administrations, travel agents, tourism offices, marine agencies and government partners are in the mix.

“It seems like a big, complicated industry, but really a lot of the decisions are made by about a hundred people,” Bar Harbor Town Council Chairman Paul Paradis said. “And most of them will be there.”

Chamber of Commerce board Vice President and Abbe Museum President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko will serve as master of ceremonies. “I’m very excited to hear about the state of the industry and showcase all Bar Harbor has to offer,” she said.

“It’s been great to see collaboration in the planning between Friends of Acadia, the National Park, Town Council and the Chamber. Attracting cruise executives to town, networking and sharing ideas with them will mean that there’s a potential for growth coming out of this. The ferry terminal is certainly a topic people will want to discus. I have a feeling this is a start of something exciting for Bar Harbor and the cruise industry.”

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