New Hampshire's Tourism Industry Hopes To Attract More International Visitors

May 4, 2015

Fall foliage brings visitors to New Hampshire from across the Northeast and parts of Canada.
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 New Hampshire’s tourism industry is looking at opportunities to reach out to Canadian visitors as part of a two day annual conference.

This year’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism is holding several sessions on trying to attract international tourists. When the Canadian dollar goes up in value compared to the U.S. dollar, it becomes more affordable for Canadians to travel to this country. New Hampshire’s tourism industry is hoping to find ways to bring those visitors - and their tourism dollars - to the state.

There may also be some discussion at the conference about the state's spending on tourism promotion. Last month Alex Ray of The Common Man family of restaurants and Rusty McLear of Mill Falls At The Lake in Meredith wrote an op-ed in which they called on lawmakers to avoid making cuts to state tourism promotion, saying such cuts would lead not to budget savings but to lost rooms and meals tax revenue and a drop in visitors. 

The Division of Tourism and Travel says out-of-state visitors spend nearly $4.5 billion dollars in New Hampshire each year. 

The conference takes place Monday and Tuesday in Keene.