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NH Tourism Summit Projected to have $1.2M Economic Impact

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

New Hampshire tourism officials announced today that nearly 80 international tour operators and 300 representatives from New England hotels, resorts, attractions and destinations will be arriving over the weekend to attend Discover New England’s 2011 Summit at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort. The summit is projected to have a positive economic impact of $1.2 million on the state.

nh-tourism“Hosting this first class event will bring short and long term benefits to the New Hampshire travel industry, as well as the New England region,” said Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD).  “With conference rooms, extra meals and spending from close to 400 people, our industry experts project a very positive economic impact to New Hampshire of more than $1.2 million.  However, the longer term benefit of increasing our numbers of international travelers to New England is equally important.” 

According to Harnois, approximately 1.6 million overseas travelers come to the region each year.  This conference is an opportunity to showcase all that New England can offer to international travelers looking to explore and experience a vacation here.
The annual summit rotates among the six New England states, and this is the first time since 2005 that the event has been held in New Hampshire. The conference runs Monday April 4th – Wednesday April 6th.

“Discover New England works to increase visitation into the New England region primarily by working closely with international tour operators and U.S-based receptive operators who either have established itineraries in New England or are looking to introduce new programs,” said Sue Norrington-Davies, managing director of Discover New England. “This is the largest travel conference we’ve hosted in New England, and it will represent an extraordinary opportunity to develop business with tour operators and showcase the region.”

Workshops and one-on-one business meetings with international tour operators and receptive operators will take place throughout the conference, as well as presentations by tourism professionals.

Media interested in attending the conference or looking for more information or interviews can contact Tai Freligh, Communications Manager, DTTD at (603) 271-2343, #2;  tai.freligh@dred.state.nh.us.; or Deb Daigle, Media Relations, Montagne Communications, (603) 644-3200 x12; ddaigle@montagnecom.com . The “How to Summit” workshop on Monday, April 4th from 1 – 2 PM is recommended for first time attendees.

Help VisitNH Get a Shorty Award

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Hey Folks,
     Was hoping that the economic development community and fans of the No Bull Business Blog could please get behind an effort involving our colleagues from the NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development (DTTD). My DTTD counterpart Tai Freligh has all of the details here:

shorty-awardHey everybody!  Want to help us win a Shorty Travel Industry Award for our social media work?  We need to get at least a 100 votes/nominations by the end of January to be included in the top six for the category at this point, but that number could change so we need to blitz this thing!  Tell everybody you know who tweets… 

Simply tweet “I nominate @VisitNH for a Shorty Award in #travel because…(enter why)” and you can help NH Tourism get recognized as one of the Year’s Best Travel Accounts on Twitter. 

Votes must have a reason after “because…” or they won’t count! Only one vote per Twitter account! 

There’s only 6 days left and the top 6 vote getters win a Shorty!  Nominations run through the end of January 2011. 

Check our profile here: http://www.shortyawards.com/VisitNH.  You can also submit a tweet right on that page. 

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people and organizations on Twitter, culminating in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City.  The community is invited to nominate Twitter users for excellence over the past year. Each award recognizes each content creator’s entire body of work, not just an individual tweet. Nominations are made by sending a tweet, whether it’s through www.shortyawards.com or on Twitter. 

In February, the nominees will be narrowed down to six finalists in each category. Winners will be determined by a combination of popular vote and by the members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences. An awards ceremony, complete with 140-character acceptance speeches, will be held in March in New York City. 

Please help support the state’s tourism economy!!

Rappin’ Bout the 603

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Well, as you know, the No Bull Business Blog tries to keep an open mind about all things, including music, and we’ve been known to bust a dope rhyme every once in awhile.

In that spirit, we’d like to introduce you to a new rap video created by two sons of the Granite State, St. Anselm English major Alex Letvinchuk and Fairfield University film major Dan Dunn.  These two young men used their creativity, musical skills and undeniable love of New Hampshire to create “The 603,” an homage to all things Granite State.

Special thanks to our comrade in arms Tai Freligh from the Division of Travel & Tourism Development for turning us on to this soon to be local classic and great job Alex and Dan!

State Tourism Officials Name Winner of NH Dream Vacation Promotion

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I love great promotions and in that spirit, I’d like to tip my hat to my Travel & Tourism counterpart Tai Freligh, Director Alice DeSouza and the rest of their team for this tremendous contest. Great job folks!


Concord, NH, September 4, 2009 – The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development has announced the winner of the New Hampshire Dream Vacation Promotion held this summer.  Kristen Bucaria, of Smithtown, N.Y., won the contest for her “LakeLover” entry: a photo of herself waterskiing on Lake Winnipesaukee holding the “I Love it Here” sign.  Bucaria, who is 19 years old, has vacationed with her family every summer for a week on Lake Winnipesaukee since she was three months old.  She wins the prize of a custom-designed New Hampshire Dream Vacation worth $2,500.

iloveithere“Lake Winnipesaukee is my favorite place in the world!” said Bucaria, an enthusiastic sophomore at Bucknell University and a member of its swim team.  “We’ve never won anything like this before and my family is so excited – we always can’t wait to come back to New Hampshire, but now next summer will be even more special!’

The Division of Travel and Tourism kicked off the contest in early May at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism at Waterville Valley, and it ran through August 16.  According to officials, hundreds of participants from around the country joined in the fun, uploading more than 700 photos.

“I entered the contest for the fun of it really; we saw the I Love it Here cards in our realtor’s office when we picked up the keys to our rental,” said Bucaria.  “I taped up the sign with clear packing tape so it wouldn’t get wet and tucked it into my life vest. Dad drove the boat. My brother was the spotter. My mom snapped the photo! And I got really tired arms from holding the sign above my head – but it was worth it! It really was a family effort – and we’ll enjoy the prize as a family too!”

According to state tourism officials, the NH Dream Vacation contest encouraged NH residents and visitors to get out and explore the state, snap photos with the “I Love it Here” signs, and upload them to the website.

“This contest was one of the most popular promotions I have ever been a part of,” said Alice DeSouza, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development.  “It engaged residents and visitors to express what they love about New Hampshire; it energized our hospitality partners including inns, B&Bs, restaurants and attractions who came up with creative ways to promote the contest; and it even generated a great deal of excitement from celebrities with connections to New Hampshire!  We also used social media networks for the first time to promote this contest, and we had outstanding results, especially on our new Facebook page.”

During the four months that the contest ran, the www.nhdreamvacation.com website saw more than 44,000 visits and over 863,000 page views.  The vast majority of entrants were New Hampshire residents, followed by Massachusetts.  There were also entrants from several other states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Maine and New York.

The top 25 vote-getting photos, including the winner, can be viewed at the contest website.  The NH Dream Vacation photo galleries, including the top 25 and all of the celebrity photos, will remain on the fan page at www.facebook.com/VisitNH.  You can also view the photo on the VisitNH Flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26514027@N04/3886559129/.