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Feb 12, 2016 7:45 PM

Political tourism brings big bucks into the first-in-the-nation primary state


HOOKSETT - Alex Turner and Lloyd Hatton are both from London. They're what are called political tourists. We met up with them at Hillary Clinton's watch party on New Hampshire's primary day. They began their trip to American visiting the Iowa Caucuses. Then they came to New Hampshire.

The first in the nation primary means big business for the Granite State's Hospitality Industry.

Hotels become fully booked. Restaurants are filled. The politically curious come from near and far to observe democracy at work. And you can add to that the slew of national media converging on the lead story of the day.

The U.S. Travel Association says presidential politics pays off big for early primary states. It says in New Hampshire visitors in town for the campaign spend approximately $350 per day on transportation, hotel rooms, meals, rental cars and the other basic needs.

In hotel revenue alone, it estimates an extra $8.9 million. That equals jobs. It estimates one job supported for every 33 reporters coming to the state to cover the primaries for seven days.

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