The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Tourism Summit Wednesday, April 30, at the Farmstead Event & Conference Center (formally Cody’s Restaurant) in Rockport.

The summit will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m and will include lunch.

During the daylong seminar, community and chamber of commerce members will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with State of Maine tourism experts from both the public and private sectors.

Maine Office of Tourism Director Carolann Ouellette will address the state’s tourism five-year strategic plan, and how this information helps tourism in this area.

Amy Powers, director of CruiseMaine USA will present on what the cruise industry holds for the area this year and a sneak peek into next year and how business owners can connect with the passengers while they are in port.

Michael Conley, advertising and membership sales for the Maine Tourism Association will present The Other Side of Tourism, a PowerPoint presentation designed to show the full economic and social impact that tourism has on the well-being of Maine. Total revenues, tax receipts and quality of life are all positively impacted by the state's most important and dynamic industry.

Connie Russell, general manager of the Samoset Resort will present on how to obtain seasonal workers on J-1 Visas.

Staci Coomer, executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and board president for the Midcoast Chamber Council will present how MOT grant funds are put to use in the Midcoast and support the work of tourism planning.

Other topics will include buy local programs and working with the motor coach industry. More information will be available as the event approaches.

“Don’t miss out on this great event,” said Alicia Bagnall, director of events. “We anticipate that the speakers we have curated for this summit will be engaging, informative and will help us all kick off a successful 2014 Tourism season.”

Tickets for this event are limited so register early, $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-Chamber members. Please register by April 23, and contact Alicia Bagnall at 596-0376 or for questions or for sponsorship opportunities.