CHAMBER SURVEY SHOWS STRONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND

by Christian Mower on October 12, 2011

AN INFORMAL SURVEY OF MEMBERS OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SHOWS BUSINESSES REPORTING AN EXCELLENT COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND, WITH SOME BREAKING RECORDS.

EXEC. DIR. JANICE CRAWFORD SAYS SHE IS PLEASED TO HAVE HEARD FROM MANY ATTRACTIONS THEIR RIDES AND EVENTS TOPPED RECORDS FOR THE WEEKENDS.

CRAWFORD PRAISES THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR ITS WORK IN OPENING ROADS FOR LEAF PEEPERS AFTER THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY TROPICAL STORM IRENE.

THOMAS PRINDLE – DIRECTOR OF MARKETING FOR ATTITASH AND WILDCAT – CREDITS THE GREAT WEATHER FOR A STRONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT BOTH MOUNTAINS, SAYING OVERALL ATTENDANCE FOR THE OKTOBERFEST WEEKEND EXCEEDED LAST YEAR’S BY MORE THAN 20%.

KATHY BENNETT – MARKETING DIRECTOR AT CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT – ALSO REPORTS A STRONG WEEKEND, WITH THE GHOULLOG BREAKING THE ATTENDANCE RECORD SATURDAY NIGHT AND EXCEEDING LAST YEAR’S ATTENDANCE ON FRIDAY AND SUNDAY.

CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD MARKETING DIRECTOR SUSAN LOGAN SAYS MOST OF THE TRAINS WERE SOLD OUT FOR THE WEEKEND AND IT WAS THE BUSIEST COLUMBUS DAY IN YEARS. SHE NOTES AN INCREASE IN VISITORS FROM NEW YORK AND ASIAN COUNTRIES.

THE CHAMBER SAYS LODGING PROPERTIES “WEIGHED IN WITH EQUAL GUSTO,” SAYING BOOKINGS WERE ON PAR WITH OR ABOVE LAST YEAR’S. ONE SALES MANAGER REPORTS A 15% INCREASE IN CANADIAN VISITORS THIS YEAR, WITH PEOPLE SPENDING MORE AND STAYING LONGER.

ONE BED AND BREAKFAST OWNER REPORTS HER B & B WAS FULL WITH FOLKS FROM THE U.S., CANADA AND EUROPE.