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The Network of Tourism & Hospitality Education Training Resources Database

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Tourism has been proclaimed the largest and fastest growing industry in the new global economy and is recognized as one of Maine’s most important industries. The State Planning Office (2008) estimated $10 billion in spending in 2006 with approximately 139,700 jobs supported by tourism, or 16.7% of Maine’s workforce. The provision of a workforce supporting this industry is of vital importance and can be divided into two categories; training for employees in specific job skills, and educational opportunities leading to careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.

The Network of Tourism & Hospitality Education and Training Resources Database is provided to inform interested parties concerning education and training providers currently available or accessible in Maine.  The database in not intended to be used as an endorsement for any program.  Neither is it assumed that the list is complete. If you are aware of education or training opportunities not listed, please share that information with us.

This information might be useful, for example, in the following situations:

  • A business or a group of businesses wanting to hold customer service training for employees by hiring a consultant to facilitate training at a location.  Use the drop down box by selecting Front Line and then Cust Serv Intro to Hospitality.
  • A Chamber of Commerce, desiring to create destination training for a defined geographic area, wanting to identify resources for regional and/or local culture and heritage. Search the name of a town or county.
  • A business seeking recent graduates from high school vocational training or recent graduates from a culinary school. Use the drop down box by selecting Community College or Vocational Tech.
  • A student interested in pursuing a degree in hospitality management. Use the drop down box by selecting Maine University or Community College.

Training is multi-dimensional and includes many variable factors: time of year, time of day, day of week, number of days, location, cost, materials, standards, technology needed and delivery mode, etc.  Therefore, information is provided so that interested parties may contact suppliers directly for specific details.