VALLEY BUSINESSES REPORT “BANNER” WEEKEND

by Christian Mower on July 10, 2013

“THEY CAME, THEY PLAYED AND THEY STAYED.”

THAT’S WHAT MARTI MAYNE – SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – SAYS AFTER AN INFORMAL SURVEY OF CHAMBER MEMBERS SHOWS VISITORS “FLOCKED TO MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY FOR THE START OF SUMMER SOJOURNS” OVER THE LONG FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND. WITH THE FOURTH FALLING ON A THURSDAY, MAYNE SAYS MANY TRAVELERS SCHEDULED 4-DAY WEEKENDS THAT RESULTED IN GOOD BUSINESS FOR TOURIST-ORIENTED BUSINESSES IN THE VALLEY.

MAYNE SAYS LODGING PROPERTIES WERE PARTICULARLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, WITH SOME REPORTING SELLING OUT AND OTHERS SAYING BUSINESS WAS UP BY 10 TO NEARLY 20 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. MAYNE SAYS IT’S NO SURPRISE THE VALLEY’S ATTRACTIONS WERE BUSY, WITH PENT UP DEMAND FOR OUTDOOR FUN AFTER A WEEK OF RAIN.

WILDCAT AND ATTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT MARKETING DIRECTOR THOMAS PRINDLE REPORTS BUSINESS WAS UP FROM 15 TO 18 PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR’S FOURTH WEEKEND. FAN GUNS NORMALLY USED FOR SNOWMAKING IN THE WINTER AT ATTITASH WERE USED TO PROVIDE A COOLING MIST FOR GUESTS. PRINDLE ALSO ATTRIBUTES INCREASES AT ATTITASH TO NEW AIR BAG AND SLACK LINES – AND GONDOLAS AND THE ZIP RIDER AT WILDCAT TAKING VISITORS TO THE “COOLEST” PLACE IN THE VALLEY.

STORYLAND ASST. GENERAL MANAGER JACK MAHANEY REPORTS BUSINESS AT THE CHILDREN’S THEME PARK IN GLEN WAS UP OVER 2012 AND CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD MARKETING DIRECTOR SUSAN LOGAN SAYS THE ENTIRE WEEK WAS UP, STARTING WITH AN INFLUX OF CANADIAN VISITORS CELEBRATING CANADA DAY THROUGH THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND. LOGAN SAYS THE RAILROAD’S SUMMER IS “OFF TO A ROARING START!”

MAYNE SAYS NORTH CONWAY VILLAGE WAS “HOPPING” OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, WITH A CRAFT FAIR AT THE GIBSON CENTER AND THE NEW FARMER’S MARKET ACROSS THE STREET. TWO BUSINESSES REPORTED STRONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND SALES TO HUGE INCREASES IN SALES, ONE SAYING FOOT TRAFFIC IN THE VILLAGE WAS “AMAZING.”

SETTLERS’ GREEN OUTLET VILLAGE GENERAL MANAGER DOT SEYBOLD SAYS CANADIAN SHOPPERS HIT THE OUTLETS EARLY BEFORE JULY 4TH, BOLSTERED BY PLENTY OF SALES AND PROMOTIONAL EVENTS IN THE STORES – AND THE RAIN MONDAY DROVE VISITORS INSIDE TO SHOP.

CHAMBER EXEC. DIRECTOR JANICE CRAWFORD SAYS LODGING MEMBERS TELL HER ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE STRONG FOR THE SUMMER AND FALL – AND WITH COOPERATION FROM MOTHER NATURE, SHE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO A BANNER SUMMER IN THE VALLEY.

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