Tourism

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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. In addition to Loon, the earliest openings are expected at Bretton Woods, which has set Thursday as its target, and four areas that plan to open on...

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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." Labor Day Weekend is the state's second busiest travel...

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.
GUESTS: Alison Griswold, reporter for Quartz, a digital business news publication from Atlantic Media. She covers the sharing...

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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...

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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...

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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. Victoria Cimino, who directs the state Division of Travel and Tourism, says there’s...

New Hampshire Tourism: What Brings Visitors?

Aug 17, 2015
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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...

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. 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...

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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. Division spokeswoman Kris Neilsen tells the Eagle Tribune the budget as proposed would have a major impact on the state’s ability to attract people to the...

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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. Governor Maggie Hassan’s office has not confirmed the source of the web attack, but it says the Division of Travel and Tourism and the Department of Information Technology are...

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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? In...

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If your last vacation took you to a tropical island or a snow capped mountain, you might find the very idea of traveling to another country in order to try native hallucinogens a little bizarre. On today's show we'll talk to a writer who traveled to Peru to investigate the growing trend of 'Drug Tourism' for herself. Also, a craftsman talks about why making things matters . Plus, the origins of graham crackers might have you looking at your afternoon snack a little differently. Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Nuclear Tourism

Sep 22, 2014
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You can read George Johnson 's full article and see more photos from his trip at this link: The Nuclear Tourist and also in the October print issue of National Geographic. On April 26 th , 1986, shortly after 1am, Reactor Four at the Chernobyl nuclear power complex experienced a sudden, and catastrophic, power surge. The accident set off a series of explosions, a fire, and released massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment. Within months of the meltdown, twenty eight...

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In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey , future technologies take center stage in the form of Hal 9000 , a sentient, yet sinister, computer aboard the spacecraft Discovery One. On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful. Plus, a science writer plays nuclear tourist and visits the site of the Chernobyl disaster, where he finds some surprising imagery. Listen to the full show and Read more for individual segments.

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Studying medicine requires intelligence, discipline and considerable expense, making it one of the most prestigious professions in America. But that wasn’t always the case. We take a look into the shady practices that lead the people of New York City to riot against doctors in the eighteenth-century. Then, for many people vacation is all about fun, sun, and relaxation…for others it’s about Kevlar vests and the front lines. We’ll take a look at the latest in adventure travel: war tourism. Plus, we speak with New Orleans musician Glen David Andrews about his newest album. Listen to the full show and Read more for individual segments.

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New Hampshire is often advertised as a state filled with natural attractions, famous for our mountains (Mt. Washington and Mt. Monadnock are both known world-wide), lakes, and rivers. But the state is filled with historical landmarks as well, which Lucie Bryar covers in her book Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters . Here are some of the cultural attractions in southern NH you may not have heard about, but that you’ll definitely want to check out...

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An organization that studies New Hampshire tourism says an estimated 880,000 out-of-state visitors are expected for the July 4th holiday weekend and they are expected to spend about $131 million. The forecasts from the Institute for New Hampshire Studies are higher than last year's predictions. The period covers July 3-July 7. Most of the visitors will be from New England and the Middle Atlantic States. Canadians are anticipated to be visiting New Hampshire at higher levels than last year.

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New Hampshire officials are getting hit with calls, emails and tweets reacting to racist comments made by a town police commissioner. Jim Bouley, mayor of the capital city of Concord, said the reaction from as far away as California included threats to cancel vacations in New Hampshire. The calls started Thursday after news reports detailed comments by Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who admitted using the N-word to describe President Barack Obama. New Hampshire tourism...

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Ahhh. We finally have a week full of warmer temps. What better way to spend your afternoon work break walk than with Word of Mouth? Pop in your earbuds and turn it up; today's show heats up, cools down, and explores real-life risks of the internet and a scandal relived through television. Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Better Tourism Through Cookies

Dec 5, 2013
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All this month Foodstuffs is looking at baking – something many of us do around this time of year. And we’ll meet a range of people who bake at the holidays for a range of different reasons. For some innkeepers and bed and breakfast operators in the White Mountains, baking cookies is good for tourism. That’s the idea behind the annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour , which takes place December 14th and 15th. Tim Ostendorf is co-owner of the Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton, New...

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Ask and you shall receive. We asked our listeners and contributors to send us favorite foliage shots from around the state. We're around peak right now, and this is how it looks. Have more photos to contribute? Send them to us by email , or post them on our Facebook page.

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With the government shutdown now in its second week, theres growing bipartisan concern in New Hampshire about the impact on state tourism and the local economy. But theres a difference of opinion on whos to blame in Washington. With Columbus Day weekend approaching, nearly two dozen campgrounds on federal land in the White Mountain National Forest remain closed due to the shutdown. State Representative Warren Groen of Rochester says the states tourists and business owners are paying the price...

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New Hampshire tourism officials say the fall foliage is most vibrant and at or just past peak in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region. Officials emphasize that New Hampshires parks and campgrounds are open and unaffected by the federal government shutdown. Ranger stations in the White Mountains National Forest are closed. Foliage is now past peak in Pittsburg and most areas of the Great North Woods, which typically peak first. North Conway and Lincoln are at or near peak, while Bristol, Hebron...

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