The Language School’s 2022 Cultural Dinner Series Kicks Off With Authentic Italian

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 thought-provoking discussion about the current state — and the hopeful future — of the global tourism economy. The dinner will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at PBLS’ Rockland location.

The Dinner & Discuss event at their Rockland location (28 Gay Street) featuring tourism professional Bianca Corti from Florence, Italy. The four-course meal includes authentic Tuscan cuisine and a regional (Italian) wine paired with the meal. The event will also include a discussion on the changing economics of tourism (near and far) and what the future of cross-cultural tourism looks like in a COVID aware world.

Visit www.penobscot.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 strongly tied to the global tourism economy through several canceled (or severely restricted) 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 it explores how local and global tourism markets are surviving the current crisis and looking to the future with new ideas – and enjoy a 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.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb