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2017 shaping up as another good tourist season for Lakes Region

Thursday, September 21, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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2017 shaping up as another good tourist season for Lakes Region
By: Rick Green

With Columbus Day still a few weeks away, this year's tourist season isn't over yet, but business leaders like what they have seen so far.

Jay Bolduc, general manager of T-Bones Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's Grill & Watering Hole, said his business has been trending up.

“This was a fantastic year for us,” he said. “Our sales have grown at a pretty steady pace over the last decade.

“This was our 10th summer and the best one yet for sales.”

Bolduc said the heart of the tourist season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, although it seems that the busy period has been starting earlier and continuing later.

Statewide tourism numbers have also been trending up, with the Lakes Region contributing greatly, New Hampshire Revenue Commissioner John Beardmore said.

“Meredith, Moultonborough, Laconia, the Squam Lake area – they are an important part of the economy,” he said.

A good way to measure tourism is through the meals and rentals tax, which is assessed on people who stay at hotels, eat in restaurants and rent motor vehicles.

Receipts for August totaled $35.8 million statewide, which is $1 million, or 2.9 percent above the previous year. Year-over-year increases in this category have averaged 5 percent to 6 percent since 2013.


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