VALLEY BUSINESSES REPORT REVENUE, VISITORS UP OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

by Christian Mower on May 30, 2012

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS SHE’S GOTTEN POSITIVE RESPONSES TO AN INFORMAL SURVEY OF CHAMBER MEMBERS AS TO HOW THEY DID THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND COMPARED TO 2011.

MARTI MAYNE SAYS STATE TOURISM OFFICIALS PREDICTED MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE WOULD VISIT NEW HAMPSHIRE OVER THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND IT’S CLEAR A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THEM MADE THE VALLEY THEIR DESTINATION.

MAYNE SAYS WHILE NOT ALL BUSINESSES REPORTED INCREASED REVENUES THIS YEAR OVER LAST YEAR, THE MAJORITY AGREED THE COMBINATION OF GOOD WEATHER, FALLING GAS PRICES AND IMPROVED SENTIMENT ABOUT CONSUMER SPENDING CONTRIBUTED TO A STRONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR MOST.

CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD MARKETING DIRECTOR SUSAN LOGAN SAYS THE NUMBER OF RIDERS AND SPENDING WAS UP THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND OVER LAST YEAR’S, WITH A NUMBER OF CHINESE, PAKISTANI, INDIAN AND FRENCH CANADIAN GUESTS RIDING THE TRAINS.

ATTTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT AND WILDCAT MOUNTAIN MARKETING DIRECTOR THOMAS PRINDLE SAYS VISITOR NUMBERS AT ATTITASH WERE UP 19 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR AND THE GOOD WEEKEND MIGHT BE A GOOD INDICATOR FOR POTENTIAL BUSINESS THIS SUMMMER.

CORRINE ROBER – OWNER OF MARGARITA GRILL IN GLEN – SAYS SALES THROUGH SUNDAY INCREASED BY 25 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR’S. SHE CREDITS INCREASED MARKETING, THE NEW HAMPSHIRE RESTAURANT WEEK PROMOTION, THE USE OF LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTS – ALONG WITH THE GOOD WEATHER.

ACROSS THE STREET, RED PARKA STEAKHOUSE AND PUB OWNER TERRY O’BRIEN REPORTS GUEST COUNTS WERE UP FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE IN REVENUES FOR THE WEEKEND – AND AN APPARENT INCREASE IN VISITORS FROM CANADA AND EUROPE.

MAYNE SAYS ALL RESPONDING LODGING PROPERTIES REPORT A NICE INCREASE IN BOTH ROOM NIGHTS AND REVENUES FOR THE WEEKEND – WITH ADVANCE BOOKINGS UP FOR THE SUMMER AND FALL.

REPORTS FROM RETAILERS WERE MIXED, WITH SOME REPORTING MORE SHOPPERS SPENDING LESS MONEY – AND OTHERS REPORTING LESS SHOPPERS OVERALL AS VISITORS OPTED TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS.

MAYNE SAYS THE CHAMBER JOINS ITS MEMBER BUSINESSES IN A “CAUTIOUS SENSE OF CONFIDENCE FOR A STRONG SUMMER SEASON.”