Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (NHDRA) is reminding operators and the public that starting October 1, 2021, the state’s Meals and Rooms (Rentals) Tax rate will decrease by 0.5%, from 9% to 8.5%.
“To ensure a smooth transition to the new tax rate, we are reminding operators and taxpayers alike of this change,” said Lindsey Stepp, Commissioner, NHDRA. “It is important for businesses of all sizes to be reminded of the change and to implement the new rate on October 1. Doing so will help ensure transparency with customers who will be expecting this lower rate and ensure compliance with state law.”
PORTSMOUTH — The first BIPOC Fest was a hit, and organizers say they want to see it become an annual event.
"It's going well," said Clifton West Jr. Founder of Black Lives Matter Seacoast. "I can't believe so many people are here already. The weather is great. We are giving out free activity books to the kids. Everyone seems happy and excited by the idea of this festival."
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Fest brought together a diverse group of people for an event at Vida Cantina restaurant's parking lot featuring diverse food and music.
"The event was the lovechild of myself, Evan Mallett (Black Trumpet), Joanna Kelley (Cup of Joe) and Kathy Cavallaro (local business person)," said Chef David Vargas, owner of Vida Cantina. "We have nine restaurants here, six organizations, and a bunch of entertainment. Not bad for our first try."
By Jonathan Phelps, New Hampshire Union Leader
State tourism officials expect more than 3.2 million visitors this foliage season, with numbers expected to rival the 2019 fall season. Spending is anticipated to reach $1.4 billion.
“We are really predicting that this is going to be one of the best foliage years in recent history,” said Taylor Caswell, business and economic affairs commissioner, during a news conference Wednesday.
So far, 2021 is gearing up to be a “near record year” even with lingering challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. Tourism supported the hospitality industry, which took a big hit in 2020 after sudden closures and restrictions to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
By Holly Ramer, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fall visitors to New Hampshire are being asked to keep their tempers in check and their trash off the ground during their leaf peeping trips this year.
By Janice Beetle, The Laconia Daily Sun
After two years of pandemic pivoting, many restaurateurs didn’t find relief in the on-season this summer because staff shortages and record-high numbers of patrons kept them busier than they could manage.
Customers were frustrated with long wait times, and employees were burning out. It was hard to strike any kind of balance.
By Mark Hayward, Union Leader
That was all because of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, which tamed the Merrimack River, built our renowned Millyard and, of course, controlled local and state government.
To succeed, the company also knew it had to keep its workers happy, sheltered and living nearby. Hence the brick row houses that rise from Canal Street.
With that spirit in mind, two years ago Sandra Almonte bought the triple decker adjacent to her successful business, Don Quijote Restaurant. She keeps it filled with cooks, waitresses and kitchen help who can walk from their back door to the kitchen entrance in a rush-hour commute measured in mere steps. Steps that wouldn’t rouse a Fitbit from a low-power slumber.
By Jennifer Compton, WMUR
Businesses in New Hampshire's tourist industry say they were able to stay busy during the summer, but it was not the season they had hoped for.
"We had a very good summer, we didn't have a great summer," said Traci Schaake, the general manager of Boardwalk Cafe and Pub. "We still haven't reached the pre-COVID business at this point."