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Tourist Season Starts Strong

Thursday, June 1, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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Tourist Season Starts Strong
Local businesses see up to 20% increase over last year
By: Thomas P. Caldwell

Judging by the activity over Memorial Day weekend, Lakes Region tourism officials are predicting a strong summer season, boosted by a number of new attractions as well as the loyalty of return visitors.

Amy Landers of the Lakes Region Tourism Association said businesses are reporting increases between 1 and 20 percent from a year ago, with lodging establishments averaging 97 percent occupancy over the three days.

Even with the cool, rainy weather on Monday, inside businesses made up for the drop in outside activity, Landers said. “They just did other things than they were planning to do,” she said.

Traffic counts were extremely high throughout the weekend, with people visiting family and friends or attending weddings, graduations and concerts. The four Zac Brown concerts at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford were sold out every night, and Karmen Gifford, of the Laconia Chamber of Commerce, said many people attended more than one concert, which meant they needed overnight lodging.

“I think we lucked out with the weather,” Gifford said. “All those I’ve spoken with had a great weekend. Boats are in the water, and the businesses were busy, especially the restaurants.” Read more at



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