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NH winter tourism expected to increase

Posted by Paul Kandarian  December 8, 2010 09:25 AM

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In New Hampshire, plunging temperatures may signal warming economics: A recent study shows the Granite State this winter can expect a jump in tourist visits of 4 percent over last year as 6.6 million people will ski, snowmobile, snowboard, shop, visit friends and family – and spend money. The study predicts a spending increase of 8 percent over last year, a total that could hit $840 million.

December through February in New Hampshire accounts for 19 percent of all traveler visits annually and 21 percent of total traveler spending, according to a report prepared for the state division of travel and tourism by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.

Lori Harnois, director for the state tourism division, said the four main sectors of winter visits are restaurants, recreational facilities (including ski areas), retail stores, and lodging. She said the report shows overnight visits to ski areas are expected to increase by 6 percent over last year, while day trips will rise by about 3 percent.

Business and conference travel to New Hampshire could jump by 3 percent as well, the report found.
 

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