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Tourism is New Hampshire’s second-largest industry–if you combine the state’s smart manufacturing and high technology sectors (SMHT). It’s also a clear point of intersection between government and industry, with the state maintaining a number of parks, campgrounds, and historical sites, and nearby businesses in turn catering to visitors’ needs. Given this close relationship, the state provides funding to market New Hampshire to potential tourists. Some of the heaviest marketing efforts are concentrated in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. Canadian tourists, especially Quebeçois, also make up a sizable number of New Hampshire’s visitors. From the business perspective, “tourism” is a broad term. It encompasses hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail, and arts and entertainment, among other things. So while statewide reports may indicate overall restaurant or retail sales are up or down, the story might be very different in New Hampshire’s main tourism communities. For these places, weather, gas prices, currency exchange rates, and whether they draw visitors for outdoor activities, site-seeing, or shopping could all be factors.Summary provided by StateImpact NH

Memorial Day Kicks Off Tourism Season

This Memorial Day weekend, the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism predicts more than half a million visitors will flock to the state.  That’s an increase of two-percent over last year.The N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism has a new TV marketing campaign that hopes to lure vacationers to the Granite State, beginning this Memorial Day weekend.

One of the state’s big events this weekend is the annual craft festival in Meredith.

Local photographer Rick Libbey plans to set up shop at the crafts festival for the sixth- year in a row.  His hopes for the tourist season are high.

“I’m seeing that they’re spending.   I’ve done work within my company to structure my prices for a sluggish economy.  I’ve had to get my cost of goods down, get my prices down.  When people see a nice piece of art at an aggressive bargain price, they’re gonna get it. You kinda need to think smart, play smart, and by all means have a smile on your face, y'know?

The state’s tourism agency predicts that visitors will spend $86 million in the New Hampshire this weekend— that’s an increase of five percent from last year.



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