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InTouch MONTHLY NEWSLETTER JULY/AUG. 2012 Wednesday, August 1 Downtown Waterville 11:00 AM—11:00 PM Highlights in this Issue: P. 2: From the President’s Chair P. 2: Mid-Maine Chamber’s Centennial P. 4: Member Events Calendar P. 6: Waterville Public Library Business Services P. 8: Member Spotlight: Stained Glass Express See insert for food menus, entertainment schedule, sponsors and more! Street-side Dining Children’s Activities Live Entertainment Beer Garden 5:00-11:00 PM Eddie Money song artist of... “Take Me Home Tonight” “Baby Hold On” “Two Tickets To Paradise” Purchase your VIP seats now for only $25. Call the Chamber today 873-3315! Entertainment Sponsor: Thank you to our Major Sponsors: Tourism in Central Maine: How Can You Help? By Bruce Harrington here in central Maine by posting reviews of businesses that you visit on a regular basis. For examChamber of Commerce is to support tourism in ple, I frequently dine at local restaurants with our region. Tourism includes travel and services business associates, potential clients, and with my connected with travel, including lodging, dining, family. I now post a review of my dining experiattractions, events, and much more. Our chamber ence after every visit so that people from away body, made up of over six-hundred business mem- who are looking for a place to eat can readily find bers and countless employees, can have a signifi- my opinion of the food, service, and value of local cant impact in how our region is viewed by tourrestaurants. My opinion is used by tourists and ists and would-be tourists to the area. other visitors to the area as a means to decide The most popular online tourism Web site is where to spend their money while in town., where customers post reYou can do this, too. It is very simple – you log views about hotels, flights, restaurants, vacation in to, click on the “Register rentals, and things to do. Many people contemplat- Now” link in the upper right hand corner of the ing a trip will decide where they stay, eat, and page, complete some very basic information such what they do, based on reviews posted on sites as your name, city, and display name for the site, like this. and then click on “Sign Up.” Once signed up, you You can help support the tourism industry right One of the areas of focus for the Mid-Maine can start posting reviews right away about places that you visit. When positing reviews, keep the following tips in mind: 1) be positive – we are working to support our local businesses and to build critical mass in our region so that people will want to visit our region; 2) be detailed – the more information that you can provide, the better consumers are able to evaluate the restaurant, hotel, or attraction that you are talking about; 3) be creative – facts tell and stories tell, so tell a story so that readers can emotionally relate to your experience; and 4) add reviews of your favorite things to do, because if you like it, someone from away would like it, too. So please help support our local businesses in the wide world of tourism by positing positive reviews on 50 ELM STREET, WATERVILLE, ME 04901 • TEL: (207) 873-3315 • FAX: (207) 877-0087 • Nikki Desjardins, Chair of the Board • Kimberly N. Lindlof, President & CEO

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