Tourism

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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.


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With two ski areas kicking off the season this past weekend, winter tourism in New Hampshire is officially here.

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Despite the forest fire in North Woodstock, tourism officials are urging visitors that the White Mountains are open for business.

The Lost River Gorge is closed this weekend due to the fire on about 25 acres on nearby Dilly Cliff, but no property was damaged as a result. 

Colleen Eliason of the White Mountains Attraction Association says she expects about 30,000 visitors to come to the area this holiday weekend.

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A new report weighs the economic pros and cons of second homes, especially in towns where they make up a huge chunk of local real estate. A recent forecast of state job growth holds good news for health care workers...and bad news for teachers.  And U.S. News ranks the fifty states, and finds Massachusetts and New Hampshire are the best.


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The city of Berlin will host its eighth annual ATV festival this weekend, a celebration of the sport and its importance in the local economy.

Festival-goers can take a spin on their ATVs through a mud pit at Jericho Mountain State Park, or catch live music on Main Street in Berlin.

When the Jericho ATV festival first started in 2010, it attracted a couple hundred people. Now it draws around 6,000.

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Governor Chris Sununu and other public safety officials toured damage sites in Grafton County on Monday following Saturday evening's major storms.

Dozens of roads remain closed, with preliminary estimates of the clean up effort topping $4 million.

Many of the hardest hit areas remain inaccessible, so to get a better view, Sununu used a helicopter.

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If you pass through the northern New Hampshire town of Stewartstown and Clarksville, you may notice signs informing you that you are standing on the 45th parallel, the halfway point between the North Pole and the equator.

Such signs appear in quite a few places along the 45th parallel, but some are farther north and some farther south than others.

The 45th parallel, in other words, is a fuzzy line, and in this week’s Granite Geek column for the Concord Monitor, David Brooks explains why the line is so difficult to nail down—and why so many people insist upon trying.

  New Hampshire tourism officials are estimating that 625,000 people will visit the state and spend $100 million over the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

That's a 4 percent increase in visitors and a 5 percent increase in visitor spending compared to a year ago.

Research shows scenic drives and outdoor recreation are the most prevalent Memorial Day weekend activities in the state, while shopping, attending commemorative events, college graduations, visiting friends and relatives, and rest and relaxation also are popular.

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A New Hampshire tourism official says international growth is outpacing domestic growth in New England.

Victoria Cimino, the director of New Hampshire's Division of Travel and Tourism Development, says New England received an estimated 2.1 million international visitors in 2015 who spent about $2.1 billion.

She spoke Tuesday in Concord at the New Hampshire Travel Council's annual Governor's Conference on Tourism.

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The Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism is hoping out-of-state experts can help in-state businesses attract more visitors.

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The winter tourism industry in New Hampshire provides thousands of jobs and garners millions of visits to resorts across the state. In the past few years, however, shorter, irregular seasons have forced ski resorts to adapt, either by using snow machines far more than expected, or preparing for fewer customers. Today, we're looking at how skiing, and winter sports, are changing across the Granite State. 


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Cruise along just about any back road in New Hampshire and you’re likely to come across an old wooden barn. The state is home to more than 15,000 of them, each one an iconic reminder of New Hampshire’s agricultural roots.

But after decades of neglect, there’s no shortage of run-down eyesores out there, seemingly one good wind gust away from collapsing.

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More than a dozen New Hampshire ski areas are announcing their tentative opening days, starting with Loon Mountain Resort, which plans to open Wednesday.

A list released by the state Division of Travel and Tourism and Ski NH shows six resorts planning to open in late November, a handful in early December and the rest in mid- to late December.

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State tourism officials expect this Labor Day weekend to be a busy one. Kris Nielsen with the division of travel and tourism says visitors are projected to spend $88 million here between now and Monday night.

"It's predicted to be the busiest labor day weekend on record. In fact we are expecting about 620,000 people to visit from out of state during the three day holiday that actually represents a 5 percent increase over last year."

  Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to summer tourism season. 

New Hampshire is expecting a record number of visitors over Memorial Day weekend.

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On the Titanic, metal gates kept the unwashed from the upper crust - today's cruises offer high-rollers seclusion using key cards and velvet ropes.Today, travel perks in the new Gilded Age.

Then, from Little House on the Prairie, to the pastoral scenes printed on butter packages,  Americans tend to think of the agrarian past as wholesome and simpler . But, the real family farm has not always been pure or pretty.

Plus, Sean Hurley searches for buried treasure with a group of metal detectives.

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While the debate about services like Airbnb is loudest in cities such as San Francisco and New York, it's also made inroads in less urban places like New Hampshire. We look at concerns over the lack of regulation, as well as the opportunities. Then, at the end of the hour, we'll discuss Uber, another major sharing economy company growing in the Granite State.
 

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The Ride the Wilds ATV network covers about 1,000 miles in the North Country and now a new ATV group in Jefferson is looking at getting in on the economic action.

At a meeting last week, members of the Jefferson ATV club said a link to Ride the Wilds might draw tourists to local businesses.

But club president Roy Parkhurst said the first step was seeing how residents feel about the prospect.

“It is a proposal. There is nothing written in stone here. You people are going to decide whether we have trails in the town,” he said.

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The North Country is pinning its much of its hope for an economic boost on the effort to reopen the Balsams Resort, but a tourism official says the region should have a Plan B.

“I would really encourage the development of two strategies," says Gloria Bruce, the executive director of the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association.

“One, in the event that the Balsams were to open, which I think would be fantastic, what does that look like, what are the outcomes, what do we need to plan for.”

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As one of only six black pre-med students at Duke, Damon Tweedy was mistaken for a janitor…just one of many humiliations from the predominantly white field. Today, we’ll talk to Dr. Tweedy about the dearth of black doctors and what that means for people of color. Then, the trail of writers that have migrated from New York to New England to launch their careers have left a well-worn path. We’ll talk to two authors about the appeal of leaving the big apple for the natural beauty and quirky ways of New England.

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New Hampshire tourism officials are expecting a significant increase in the number of visitors over Labor Day weekend.

The official state forecast produced by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies projects close to 590,000 people coming through the state over the three day weekend.

Those visitors are expected to spend $84 million dollars. Both figures would represent increases of 5 percent over 2014 numbers.

New Hampshire Tourism: What Brings Visitors?

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Maine is known for its lobster and coast, and Vermont for its quaint villages and bucolic scenery. But what draws tourists to the Granite State?  Our visitors are a mixed group – from Nascar fans to rock climbers to those who love tax free shopping.  We’ll find out what pulls people here, and whether the state’s brand could use an update. 

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Just a few years ago, marriage equality seemed dead in the water. Now the players are running a victory lap. Today, we learn how gun control activists are now recruiting ideas and people from the gay marriage movement. Then, one of the most isolated communities in the world is about to become a lot more social when their first airport opens next year, but the change may not be welcome. And, summer vacation season is in full swing with tourists jet setting all over the world. But what happens when the place you’re visiting is in the midst of a global financial crisis? We’ll speak to a man traveling to Greece this week to find out how he’s planning to pack.

New Hampshire’s tourism industry is gearing up for a strong Independence Day holiday weekend.

The state tourism forecast, produced by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, calls for more than 900,000 visitors over the three-day weekend, spending over $140 million.

Those numbers would be in line with the state's overall summer forecasts, which project a 3 percent rise in the number of visitors and the amount of money those visitors will spend over last year. Those forecasts are slightly higher than other recent projections.

New Hampshire’s tourism industry is preparing for a busy Memorial Day weekend.

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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.

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New Hamsphire tourism officials say they’re concerned about the impact of proposed cuts in the state’s next two-year budget.

The plan put forth by the House Finance Committee last month cut nearly $3.8 million from $4.7 million Gov. Maggie Hassan requested for each of the next two years for the Division of Travel and Tourism Development.

Hackers Claim Credit For Taking Down VisitNH.gov

Mar 23, 2015
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Hackers took credit for briefly taking down government-run websites in New Hampshire and Maine today.

An attack on the third-party server that hosts Visit N-H.gov and Maine.gov brought the websites down for about an hour this morning. A self-described “hacking crew” called Vikingdom2015 took credit for it on Twitter.

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It’s no secret that tourism is a vital part of the New Hampshire economy.

It’s the state’s second-largest industry, so it’s fair to say Victoria Cimino has a big job on her hands.

She’s the state’s new director of tourism.

She’s been on the job a few weeks now, and joins Morning Edition to talk about her new role.

So tourism is obviously critical to the state’s economy. How much money are we talking about bringing into the state on a yearly basis? And is it your hope to grow that figure?

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