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July 6, 2018

New helicopter tours take off in Portland

New Hampshire-based helicopter service Seacoast Helicopters started offering tours along the Maine coast.

Bruce Cultrera, president and CEO, told the Associated Press that the service is starting with one helicopter at the Portland International Jetport.

The company's website says that the tours will view Portland's historic waterfront and lighthouses; or can land at Halfway Rock Lighthouse for a guided tour of the interior of the lighthouse, keeper's quarters and grounds. Custom tour packages also available, starting at $249, according to the website.

Seacoast Helicopters is based in Portsmouth.

The tourist service joins a growing trend. A summary by Market Research Future shows helicopter tourism as a new dimension of tourism. Tours are offered to passengers by helicopter over popular places or less crowded places.

"During the last decade, the introduction of new tourist destinations has brought about a revolution in the global tourism industry. With the increase in the number of the tourism service providers, there has been a significant growth in the demand for air travel and a simultaneous rise in the number of aircraft and helicopter," the summary says.

By 2023, the global market for the helicopter tourism niche is expected to reach $941.6 million.

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