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Tourism Numbers 

Newly compiled figures from 2006 reveal a mixed picture for Maine’s tourism industry.

Overnight trips to the state rose 4 percent last year but day

trips fell by 9 percent.

The reasons for that drop aren’t clear, but rising gasoline prices may have been a factor.

The figures were contained in an executive summary of the annual

visitor study prepared by a research firm for the Maine Office of

Tourism.

The study found that despite efforts to lure tourists to inland

parts of the state, the most visited destinations were along the

coast.

The top three were Portland, Kittery and Bar Harbor-Acadia Park.

2006 marked the second year in a row in which overnight visits

were up.

But because this summer season appears to have gotten off

to a slow start, there’s concern about whether that trend will

continue this year.