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Visit NH: Officials Expect more than 3.6 Million Visitors to Spend over $1.9 Billion this Summer

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

With momentum building following successful fall and winter travel seasons, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs expects significant growth for the summer 2019 travel season, projecting more than 3.6 million overnight visitors will spend about  $1.9 billion – a 2.7 percent increase in visitation and spending over last year.

BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell, joined by representatives from BEA’s Division of Travel & Tourism Development and a local tourism partners, kicked off the summer travel season today in Littleton, unveiling its summer travel forecast and marketing campaign.

“As our state’s second-largest revenue generator, tourism is absolutely vital to our economy here in New Hampshire,” said Caswell. “Summer is our busiest travel season, representing more than 40 percent of our total annual visitation, and this year we’re anticipating substantial growth. We pride ourselves on our variety within proximity, which is never more evident than in summer, when visitors can experience an incredible range of experiences in one trip – or even just one day.”

The state’s summer marketing campaign continues to build on the Live Free brand, while positioning New Hampshire as the northeast’s premier travel destination.

Plan your Live Free vacation at www.visitnh.gov

BEA will focus its summer campaign on the New England market, including Hartford, Conn., Portland, Maine, and Providence, R.I., along with the major metropolitan markets of Boston, New York, Montréal and Toronto.

In addition to New Hampshire’s strategic marketing and advertising initiatives, lower gas prices and high consumer confidence as strong indicators supporting a successful summer season.

Commissioner Caswell’s Statement on South Dakota v. Wayfair U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Commissioner Taylor Caswell’s statement on the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Wayfair decision handed down today by the United States Supreme Court tells New Hampshire businesses that they now must collect taxes for politicians in other states that they did not elect. This is unacceptable.

“New Hampshire businesses have never, ever, collected a sales tax and New Hampshire residents have never, ever, paid an income tax.  Imposing this new requirement on us isn’t just an administrative burden, it goes against what New Hampshire stands for:  Live Free or Die.

“The thousands of small businesses that drive our economy must not be forced to become tax collectors for other states. I am working with state leaders to determine a path forward aimed at defending New Hampshire’s business community from this modern-day taxation without representation scheme.”

Taylor Caswell
Commissioner
NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs

Summer Comes Knocking on New Hampshire’s Door This Weekend; Great Economy, Low Gas Prices Favorable Factors For Growth

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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Carmen Lorentz, left, Vicki Cimino, Ken Cail before this week’s New Hampshire Business Matters on WTPL-FM, where Cimino talked about this summer’s visitor forecast. Listen here.

Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial kick-off to summer, is predicted to begin a record setting summer tourism season in New Hampshire. More than 600,000 people are expected to visit the state this weekend, spending approximately $95 million, 5 percent above last year.

The growth is forecast to continue through the summer, with the number of travelers expected to reach 16.5 million, a 6 percent increase from 2015.  They are expected to spend an estimated $2.16 billion, 4 percent more than last summer.  According to the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, a favorable regional economy and lower gas prices are two factors helping fuel the anticipated increases.

Visitors to New Hampshire this summer will come from New England and the mid-Atlantic states.  The central and eastern regions of Canada remain important secondary markets for New Hampshire.  The months of June, July and August are the busiest of any three-month travel season in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development last week kicked off the state’s summer promotion campaign, which inspires visitors to Live Free while seeking new adventures, such as surfing, ATVing, mountain biking, kayaking and whitewater rafting. The campaign is aimed at travelers in Boston, New York, Quebec and Ontario and includes a mix of new television commercials, and transit, digital and print advertising. View the commercials on VisitNH’s YouTube channel.

 

Live Free

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Our friends down the hall at the Division of Travel and Tourism had good reason to celebrate yesterday at the 36th annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

In front of hundreds of people on the front lines of all the reasons people come here to visit the Granite State, they unveiled their new campaign.

Live Free and …

As Lori Harnois explains in the video, these three words invite visitors to fill in that last word. It’s indeed an invitation to be adventurous, follow a passion or just be. It invokes part of our state motto,  a source of pride to us, and with this campaign, we invite our visitors to share all the things we love about New Hampshire.

Tourism is a $4 billion industry here — our second largest — and employs over 64,000 people. For every dollar spent to encourage visitors, more than $9 comes back. Beyond all the activities and the beauty, the intangible visitors find here – the sense of place and the spirit – that’s priceless.

Being that it’s Friday and it’s time to switch gears, finish this sentence:

Live Free and …