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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

Off-Road: The Growth Of ATVs, Snowmobiles In New Hampshire

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As the state transitions from ATV season to snowmobile season, off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRVs) are hugely popular and have a nearly year-round presence in parts of New Hampshire. We follow up with NHPR's Off-Road series by Casey McDermott and Todd Bookman by looking at their safety record, and the economic and environmental impact of this sporting culture.

GUESTS:

  • Todd Bookman - Reporter for NHPR. Bookman wrote about the economic impact of OHRVs.
  • Casey McDermott - Reporter for NHPR. McDermott covered the culture clash and safety of ATVs. 
  • David Walsh - Captain for N.H. Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division, where he is in charge of OHRV enforcement and safety education. 
  • Dr. Reto Baertschiger - Pediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, and is also a member of the Trauma Medical Review Committee for the N.H. Department of Safety. 
  • Wes Anderson - Director of Public Works in Laconia.
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