“Pretty much every hotel, motel, bed & breakfast, campsite, and spare room in Maine is booked through Labor Day,” Tourism Board Spokesperson Jill Bouchard told this Modern Philosopher. “It’s going to be a wicked busy Summer, and everyone from the Governor right on down the ladder is excited to welcome our friends from away!”
Who do Mainers have to thank for this giant boom in tourism?
“It’s the Zombies!” Bouchard exclaimed with a giggle. “Apparently, people are so addicted to The Walking Dead, and need their Zombie fix while the show is on hiatus. Ever since the show shot a live episode here last Winter to take advantage of Maine’s Zombie population, we’ve been inundated with calls from people looking to go on Zombie tours, asking if Zombie Hunting is legal, and wanting to take part in the Maine Zombie experience.”
Maine’s law enforcement officials, along with Zombie Census Bureau Agents, intend to see to it that tourists follow the letter of the law.
“There are Zombie Bus Tours, Zombie Camp Outs, Zombie Walks Alongs, Zombie Tracking Classes, Zombie Survival Hikes, and dozens of other Zombie related events planned,” Bouchard continued. “Rest assured, all of these events will chaperoned by Maine Zombie Hunters and Census Bureau Agents.”
Guess it wouldn’t be good for business if tourists didn’t return home because they had been turned into Zombies. “That’s one part of the Maine Zombie Experience that we are going to make sure our visitors do not participate in this Summer,” she assured me.
My calls to Governor LePage about the state’s focusing on Zombies in its Summer tourism campaign were not returned. One source in the Governor’s office, however, told me that LePage is banking on a huge tourism season to get voters behind him with Election Day approaching. “His numbers got a bump after The Walking Dead shot that live episode here, so now he believes that Zombies are the magic elixir that will earn him four more years in office.”
Unless he wants to let the Zombies turn him, and then runs as Maine’s first Zombie Governor. Then, he’s got a chance…