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.
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