Over 600,000 visitors expected to visit the Granite State over Memorial Day Weekend
CONCORD — As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, officials and businesses in the Granite State are preparing for hundreds of thousands of visitors over the weekend.
Officials from the N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism Development said they estimate about 625,000 people will visit the state over the three-day-weekend and spend roughly $100 million dollars. These figures show a four percent increase in visitors and a five percent uptick in visitor spending compared to Memorial Day 2016.
"New Hampshire provides the perfect backdrop for Memorial Day weekend, and we look forward to a robust weekend in terms of visitation and spending," said Jeff Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans nationally will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That's 1 million more travelers taking to the roads, skies, rails and water than last year, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.
"The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year," said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of Travel and Publishing. "Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day."
The N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism Development and its research partners found that scenic drives and outdoor recreation are the most prevalent Memorial Day weekend activities, while shopping, attending commemorative events, college graduations, visiting friends and relatives, and rest and relaxation are popular activities as well.
"The Division of Travel and Tourism has tailored its strategic marketing initiatives to spotlight the limitless possibilities summertime in New Hampshire affords, including an endless array of outdoor adventure, scenic and cultural destinations, delicious food and tax-free shopping," Rose said. The N.H. Division of Travel and Tourism also launched a revamped website to help visitors with vacation planning.
VisitNH.gov features a trip inspiration generator to help visitors plan their summer vacation. A guide to activities, events and attractions happening this Memorial Day weekend can also be found in the events calendar.
A majority of the state's Memorial Day weekend visitors will travel from New England and New York, but tourism officials expect visitors from as far as the Middle Atlantic states and Canada’s six eastern provinces as well.
The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday to Monday, and it is the fourth-busiest travel weekend in the Granite State.
AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists nationally over the holiday weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.
And even though road trips continue to reign supreme for Memorial Day, more Americans will fly, ride the train or bus, or take a cruise vacation compared to last year. Air travel is expected to increase 5.5 percent over last year, with 2.9 million Americans taking to the skies this Memorial Day weekend. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase 2.9 percent, to 1.75 million travelers.
AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays.