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Freedom Boat Club of Maine readies for spring expansion to Portland

Renee Cordes |

Although the spring boating season is still a few months off, Freedom Boat Club of Maine announced it will add a location in Portland as flagged by owner Steve Arnold in an interview with Mainebiz...

Shutdown affects Bay Ferries ferry plan in Bar Harbor

Laurie Schreiber |

The federal government shutdown is hampering Bay Ferries Ltd.’s processing of plans to re-establish ferry service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia.

Portland curling club seeks home of its own in tight real estate market

Maureen Milliken |

The Pine Tree Curling Club needs its own dedicated ice to grow the club, but the Portland area's lack of commercial space may be a challenge.

BikeMaine 2019 ride sells out in record time

Staff |

The seventh annual BikeMaine ride has sold out in record time, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine announced.

Travel, hospitality businesses will be guided by Gen Z, WEX report says

Maureen Milliken |

An increasing focus on technology and the preferences of Generation Z — those age 20 and under — will drive travel trends in the future, according to the 2019 Travel Trends and...

Portland’s Danforth Inn sold at auction for reported $1.7M, closed for rest of the month

Staff |

Lark Properties, which owns a collection of boutique hotels, has bought the Danforth Inn, a Portland West End property that filed for bankruptcy reorganization last year.

Piscataquis County joins lawsuit against owner of Greenville area ski lodge

Staff |

The Piscataquis County Commission has joined the state in a lawsuit against the owner of the Big Squaw Mountain ski area.

Hospitality: Inns face challenges, but finding buyers is not one of them

Laurie Schreiber |

Rick Wolf is an owner and partner with the B&B Team, specializing in lodging brokerage and consulting.

Government perspective: Pace of tourism may slow, but growth will continue

Laurie Schreiber |

Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism, predicts continued growth in visitor numbers, but perhaps at a slower rate.

Government perspective: Economic strong points include salmon farms, health services and tourism

Peter Van Allen |

Amanda Rector, the Maine state economist, has been a regular part of the Mainebiz forecast issue. While the format of the issue has evolved over the years, we continue to look to her for...