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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

State: Leaf-peepers may spend $1 billion in NH this year

CONCORD – Lower gasoline prices could help produce a record fall tourism for New Hampshire, say state tourism officials.

“We are anticipating about 7.8 million people to come here between now and the end of November, and that would be about 2 percent higher than last year,” said Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism. “More than spending time, these visitors will spend over $1 billion, which is up by about 3 percent over last year.” ...

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CONCORD – Lower gasoline prices could help produce a record fall tourism for New Hampshire, say state tourism officials.

“We are anticipating about 7.8 million people to come here between now and the end of November, and that would be about 2 percent higher than last year,” said Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism. “More than spending time, these visitors will spend over $1 billion, which is up by about 3 percent over last year.”

The Institute for New Hampshire Studies compiled the numbers, which are based on factors that include spending patterns, gas prices, weather and the previous year’s activity.

Fall generally produces the region’s largest number of visitors from outside New England and the largest number of out-of-state visitors on group tours.

Most of the visitors for September, October and November will be from New England, the Mid-Atlantic states and Canada.

The matter is so important to New Hampshire’s tourism industry that the state has an online foliage tracker to guide visitors to the best spots.

It can be found at www.visitnh.gov/4-
seasons/fall-harvest/foliage/foliage-
tracker.aspx
.