Busy summer tourism season expected
Summer tourists are starting to roll in, and local officials are expecting a bumper crop.
A record number of passengers are expected to fly in and out of Logan International Airport this year -- peaking in June, July, and August with as many as 100,000 passengers a day -- and topping last year’s record 29.3 million travelers, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority. Airlines have raised seat capacity by 6 percent over last summer at Logan, including new service to Panama City.
The number of cruise passengers sailing in and out of Boston Harbor is forecast to exceed 350,000 for the second consecutive year – a nearly 70 percent increase since 2006 -- with more than 20 cruise lines calling on the Port of Boston.
In all, more than 21 million people are expected to visit Massachusetts this year, surpassing last year’s numbers, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.Katie Johnston can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ktkjohnston.