GREAT WEATHER, MORE CANADIANS MAKE FOR GOOD SUMMER IN VALLEY

by Christian Mower on September 5, 2012

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS VALLEY AREA BUSINESSES RESPONDED POSITIVELY TO A SURVEY ABOUT BUSINESS OVER THE SUMMER AND LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

MARTI MAYNE SAYS MOST RESPONDENTS ATTRIBUTED THE POSITIVE RESULTS TO GREAT WEATHER, AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VISITORS FROM CANADA AND AN IMPROVING ECONOMY. THAT WAS IN CONTRAST TO DEVASTATION FROM TROPICAL STORM IRENE IN 2011 THAT WASHED OUT BRIDGES AND ROADS IN THE VALLEY AND FORCED MANY BUSINESSES TO CLOSE OR REDUCE OPERATIONS.

MAYNE SAYS RECENT CHANGES THAT ALLOW THEM TO RETURN FROM THE U.S. WITH MORE GOODS ENTICED CANADIAN SHOPPERS TO THE VALLEY’S TAX-FREE SHOPS – AND THOSE SALES HAD A POSITIVE RIPPLE EFFECT ON AREA LODGING FACILITIES, RESTAURANTS AND ATTRACTIONS.

ONE CANOE RENTAL OPERATOR REPORTED HAVING A FANTASTIC SUMMER, WHILE A SPOKESPERSON FOR STORY LAND IN GLEN SAYS THE CHILDREN’S THEME PARK HAD ONE OF ITS BEST LABOR DAY WEEKENDS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.

CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD MARKETING DIRECTOR SUSAN LOGAN SAYS TRAINS WERE SOLD OUT SATURDAY.

ATTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT MARKETING DIRECTOR THOMAS PRINDLE REPORTS LABOR DAY VISITS WERE UP NEARLY 70 PERCENT AND REVENUES UP 100 PER CENT OVER 2011. RED PARKA PUB OWNER TERRY O’BRIEN REPORTS HOLIDAY WEEKEND SALES WERE UP 8 PER CENT OVER LAST YEAR.

WHITE MOUNTAIN HOTEL AND RESORT MARKETING DIRECTOR CAROL SULLIVAN SAYS REVENUES WERE UP NEARLY 20 PER CENT FOR THE SUMMER – AND THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND – OVER LAST YEAR.

RETAILERS REPORT INCREASED SALES FOR BOTH THE SUMMER AND HOLIDAY WEEKEND OVER LAST YEAR. SETTLERS GREEN OUTLET VILLAGE GENERAL MANAGER DOT SEYBOLD SAYS THE WEEKEND WAS EXCELLENT.

MAYNE SAYS VALLEY BUSINESSES ARE OPTIMISTIC FOR A BRISK FALL FOLIAGE SEASON.