Penobscot Bay Language School Launches Cultural Dinner Series – Knox County VillageSoup

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ROCKLAND — Penobscot Bay Language School, a nonprofit organization based in Midcoast Maine, kicks off its 2022 Cultural Dinner Series with an authentic Italian meal and a discussion about the current state — and hopeful future — of the global tourism economy.

Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. on February 10, 2022 at PBLS’ Rockland location. The event was originally scheduled for January 20.

The event features Bianca Corti from Florence, Italy.

The four-course meal includes authentic Tuscan cuisine and a regional (Italian) wine paired with the meal. The event also includes a discussion on the changing economics of tourism (near and far) and what the future of cross-cultural tourism looks like in a world aware of COVID-19.

Visit www.pebobscot.us (under the Cultural Events tab) to make reservations online or call (207) 594-1084 for more information.

The current global pandemic has decimated tourism economies around the world over the past two years with massive labor shortages, restrictions on international travel, global politics and many other challenges. How to reinvent a sustainable global tourism economy that can survive the uncertainties of the future? With Maine’s tourism industry tightly tied to the global tourism economy through several canceled — or severely curtailed — international work visa programs during the pandemic, many small businesses have endured more than just the loss of customers due to the pandemic, but the manpower needed to serve the smallest of the visitor crowds over the past two years. Join Penobscot Bay Language School as we explore how local and global tourist markets are surviving the current crisis, and look to the future with new ideas – and enjoy a delicious meal based on the culinary traditions of Tuscany.

Founded in 1986 as a non-profit language school and cultural exchange center, Penobscot Bay Language School has served over 6,000 locals and over 500 international students of all ages with language instruction and cultural programs. More than three decades later, we continue to promote our mission: to develop and provide opportunities for people in Midcoast Maine and around the world to explore our shared experience on Earth through the study and celebration of language and culture.

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