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January 2013

Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau

“All Roads Lead to Greater Bangor”

Inside this issue: 2013 SportsEvents Reader’s Choice

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Bangor Museum & History Center

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Promote ME

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Member Spotlight

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New Members

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Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Deals & Promotions

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Where does the guidebook go? 

Visitor Info Kiosks I-95 Info Centers Chambers of Commerce

Consumer & Meeting Planner Trade Shows

GBCVB Member Businesses

Visitor Info Packets

Wedding Welcome Packets

Libraries & Resource Centers all over the world

Higher Education & Hospital Orientations/Recruitment

Area Event Welcome Bags

And more!

In the works…. Cross Insurance Center. Accessible, hospitable and authentic, the Greater Bangor Region just feels like home.

Join us for "All Roads Lead to Greater Bangor" meeting and event planner trade show on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bangor Civic Center. If you are planning a meeting, event or convention in the Greater Bangor area, this is a can’t miss opportunity to meet representatives from the top meeting venues, accommodations, caterers, restaurants, and select services that will make your event unforgettable! With renovated and new properties, a brand new arena and convention center, as well as multiple sizes of meeting

spaces, and attractions, which are sure to enhance your visit; we invite you to meet in the Greater Bangor Region. 30 Lucky Attendees will receive a sneak -peek, hard-hat tour of the new Cross Insurance Center! Be sure to bring your closed-toed shoes and register for free today! www.VisitBangorMaine.com/AllRoads Interested in participating in the show? Vendor booths may still be available— contact Danielle@VisitBangorMaine.com today!

Copies of the 2013 Visitor & Event Planning Guidebook Available—February 7! Did you know that the GBCVB distributed over 37,000 guidebooks and had over 12,000 views online from all over the world in 2012?

Looking for copies of the 2013 Greater Bangor Visitor & Event Planning Guidebook? Be sure to visit our booth at the “All Roads” show to pick up your copy! Send an email to Danielle@VisitBangorMaine.com to request a box or stop into our offices at 208 Maine Ave (by General Aviation) after February 7th.

www.VisitBangorMaine.com — (207) 947-5205


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2013 Reader’s Choice—SportsEvents Magazine The Greater Bangor CVB is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2013 Readers Choice Award Winner by SportsEvents Magazine! Out of hundreds of votes from sports events planners, tournament directors, event owners and other planners, Bangor has been selected as a winner for this prestigious award. Votes were cast nationwide for host cities and event venues that planners believed displayed outstanding professionalism, creativity and passion

when it came to hosting sporting events. Bangor will be featured with the other winners in the January 2013 issue of SportsEvents Magazine. There will be a formal press release from the magazine which will be distributed shortly, but we wanted to share this news with you today! Thank you so much for voting for our amazing community and we are looking forward to an amazing start to 2013!

2013 Reader’s Choice Award SportsEvents Magazine

Bangor Museum & History Center and Bangor High School Wins National Awards NASHVILLE, TN—June 2012—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Bangor Museum and History Center and Bangor High School are the recipients of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for Exploring Historic Landscapes Using GIS: The Great Bangor Fire of 1911. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 67th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. AASLH is also pleased to announce that, in addition to the Award of Merit, the Bangor Museum and History Center and Bangor High School, were also selected as a 2013 HIP (History in Progress) Award winner by the Leadership in History awards committee. The HIP Award, given at the discretion of the Committee, is an additional award for an Award of Merit winner whose nomination is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, and/or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. Only three HIP Awards will be presented in 2013. AASLH congratulates the Bangor Museum and History Center and Bangor High School for the work that has brought this honor. This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty-nine national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2012 AASLH Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, October 5, 2012. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel. The Greater Bangor CVB would like to congratulate our member on this prestigious award!


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Welcome! We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce the GBCVB’s new marketing section of our newsletter – Promote ME. We will be utilizing this space on our newsletter and a page on our website (www.VisitBangorMaine.com/Marketing) to keep our members up-to -date and informed of all the marketing opportunities available to you, exclusively.

Promote ME—the GBCVB Marketing Corner A PIECE OF MAINE—BANGORMETRO Bangor Metro magazine’s A Piece of Maine, is a monthly section focusing on cities and Jeremy Vroom towns in Eastern, Midcoast, and Northern Maine. In the March issue, Bangor will be highlighted. Each feature showcases a city or town’s unique culture, history, events, and community and business assets. BangorMetro is distributed throughout the state of Maine and beyond through subscriptions, newsstand sales, Chambers of Commerce, hotels, hospital waiting rooms, and more. The GBCVB will be offering our members special pricing (15% off normal special section pricing rates) for advertising within this section on Bangor. Please contact Danielle Dorrie at 207-947-5205 or visit www.VisitBangorMaine.com/Marketing for the sales kit.

Member Spotlight—Monty Rand Photography Monty Rand Photography is Maine’s largest all digital sports studio providing services for some of the state’s premier college and youth teams. They offer team and individual photography along with stunning action shots. They have the ability to showcase the photos in popular digital products including customized magazine covers, collages and inspirational prints. What you may not know is that they also offer a wide range of other photography services. 

 Monty Rand Whether it’s senior portraits, family keepsakes, that special wedding day, or an important corporate event, Monty Rand Photography is ready to step in. They have perfected their craft over the past twenty years and have provided photography to a number of prestigious publications including Sports Illustrated, Down East Magazine, USA Today, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. They have also received 24 Maine Press Association Awards for photojournalism. The main goal is to accommodate every one of their clients with distinctive, quality photographs that will leave a lasting impression well into the future. A new studio just opened here in Bangor and they are looking forward to offering even more services to their awesome clients. Whatever your photography needs are, big or small, give them a call. They would love to help you create some incredible images that your friends will be envious of!

Welcome New Members Cashman Communications—www.CashComm.net

Penobscot Pour House—www.PenobscotPourHouse.com

Grill on the Green—www.facebook.com/GrillOnTheGreen

Rudman Winchell—www.RudmanWinchell.com

Monty Rand Photography—www.MontyRand.com

Schooners Seafood & Steakhouse— www.SchoonersBrewer.com


Waterfront Concerts pumps $30 million into Bangor Economy

CHINA: Exploring the Interior The Oriental Jade Restaurant is pleased to announce it will celebrate Chinese New Year and the ‘Year of the Snake’, February 10 - 17, by hosting a special traveling photography exhibit, CHINA: Exploring the Interior, 1903—1904, as well as a week of Culture and Arts Festivities.

From Bangor Daily News: “BANGOR, Maine — The Waterfront Concerts Series and its big-name acts have generated more than $30 million for the local economy in its first three years, according to a University of Maine study. Since its first event, a July 2010 Celtic Woman show, Waterfront Concerts has drawn more than 200,000 people, with the number of offerings and attendance figures building each year. The concert series, which had seven events in its first year and 17 in each of the past two, has brought 41 acts to Bangor. Since 2010, concertgoers have spent $18.6 million, which led to additional indirect spending of about $11.8 million, according to Gabe’s study. With each year of concerts, the economic impact of the series has grown. ”

The Year of the Snake celebration begins on Sunday, February 10th with a special opening for the exhibit. The explorer’s grandson, Robert M. Sargent, who helped organize the exhibit, will speak briefly at 2 p.m. about Harvey Sargent’s life and times. During the Exhibit Opening and New Year week, all Oriental Jade guests will enjoy an authentic Chinese New Year feast. New Year delicacies including fish, jai, chicken, noodles, dumplings, fruit, Niango, and New Year’s Cakes will be served along with many Asian favorites. Guests will also find many free, family-oriented festivities throughout the week, including the traditional Lion Dance with drums, various cultural activities and a Welcome New Year Fireworks on Feb 10th at 5pm.

Read more: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/14/ news/bangor/waterfront-concerts-pumps-30-million-intobangor-economy-umaine-study-finds/

For more details about the exhibit, visit: orientaljade.com or facebook.com/orientaljade.

Member to Member Deals for You! 

Member to Member Promotions for You!

Maine Discovery Museum: Celebrate your child’s  birthday in style at Maine’s largest children’s museum, enjoy an hour in our party room and all day to enjoy the museum! Available Tuesday through Sunday and MDM offers a variety of activities to make your party unique! Mention this ad and receive 10% off (excludes add-ons). 

Darling’s Tournament of Savings—The February

Penobscot Theatre—Next up for the Penobscot Theatre Company is the imaginative Southern Gothic comedy, The Sugar Bean Sisters (until February 17). This quirky Maine Premiere takes place deep in the Florida swamps and has everything from romance to alien abduction. Receive $5.00 off regular priced tickets—call the box office at 207-942-3333 and use discount code: GBCVB.

Grille in the Four Points by Sheraton on Tuesdays for Italian night! Homemade favorites just like mama used to make. Try our delicious appetizers, entrees and wine specials! Our chef delights in creating wonderful Italian comfort foods to be enjoyed on a cold winter’s night. Free Parking 5:00PM-10:00PM 207-947-6721

Schooners—Hosting an event in February? Schooners is offering 50% off the fee of our two private rooms. The Penobscot Room seats 25 guests and the Chamberlain Room holds 110. Call Erinne at 207-989-5389. Just looking to dine in? Great! Text “Lobster” to 77948 and start off with a free appetizer!

basketball tournaments bring a lot of excitement to Bangor. Adding to the excitement is Darling’s Annual Tournament of Savings event! Every vehicle at every location has been marked way down! Find your vehicle today at www.Darlings.com.

Four Points by Sheraton—Come join us at Godfrey’s

Oriental Jade—February 10-17 - Explore the Interior of China, a Photographic Traveling Exhibit. February 10, 2pm, opening reception and address by Robert M. Sargent, Curator Authentic Chinese New Year Feast to follow benefiting Maine China Network Week Long Festivities Include: Delicious authentic Chinese Food Daily - Traditional Lion Dance - Music, Arts & Crafts - Cultural Activities - Sights and Sounds Video of China FMI: www.orientaljade.com

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