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The Registered Maine Guide Receives An Award
Maine Tourism Award for 2012 Commitment to Customer Service to the Registered Maine Guide
Attending the 2012 Governor's Conference on Tourism in Bethel, ME at Sunday River was an all day event. Workshops in the morning and afternoon teaching us how to best use social media, provide outstanding customer service to our customers, and a review of how Maine is proceeding to attracting tourism customers from within and outside our borders.
For me, the highlight of the event, was being part of the group of Registered Maine Guides that were present with the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock to receive the Commitment to Customer Service. What follows is the presentation speech.
"Registered Maine Guide – A title that is highly respected and rigorously attained - Those three words carry a prestige and allure that is synonymous with the long and storied tradition of Maine’s sporting heritage.
Prolific angler and hunter Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby received the first Maine guiding license in 1897 after the legislature made them mandatory for anyone being compensated for "accompanying or assisting any person in the fields, forests or on the waters or ice within Maine" while engaging in recreation.
The guide examination process started in 1975 by the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and license classifications now exist for hunting, inland fishing, recreational activities (including boating, snowmobiling and camping), sea kayaking, and tide-water fishing. Guides can achieve Master Guide certification after 10 years of experience exceeding the minimum requirements of their current license.
The approximately 4,000 current registered guides provide a ripple economic impact to accommodations, restaurants, gas stations and local stores. They expand guest offerings at sporting camps and other lodgings, and, most importantly, they provide safe, fun and memorable outdoor experiences for people of all ages and walks of life.
For 115 years of sharing the beauty and adventure of
A number of guides are here today, along with Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock who will accept the award on their behalf. Please join us on stage."