Can Maine’s North Woods be a “world-class” tourist destination? The short answer is “not yet.” David Vail notes that the Northern Forest’s current mix of natural, cultural and hospitality assets is not sufficiently unique, outstanding or networked to draw large numbers of new overnight visitors. His article gives examples of some promising new endeavors, and suggests the possible development of a “great Maine woods” recreation area or national heritage area as a possible “big push” strategy.
Vail, David. "Tourism Strategy for the Maine Woods: A Big Push to World Class." Maine Policy Review 16.2 (2007) : 104 -115, https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mpr/vol16/iss2/14.