The NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) is forecasting a record number of visitors and spending this Columbus Day weekend, which is consistently the third-busiest travel weekend in New Hampshire. DTTD expects more than 300,000 out-of-state, overnight visitors will spend more than $115 million during the Columbus Day weekend, marking 5 percent, year-over-year increases for both categories.
“New Hampshire has had a successful start to the fall tourism season, and our state’s travel-related businesses and attractions are anticipating robust visitation and activity right through the holiday weekend,” says Victoria Cimino, director of travel and tourism. State research indicates strong consumer confidence, excellent employment and wage growth, as well as declining gas prices, will contribute to a successful Columbus Day weekend.
In addition to foliage viewing and scenic drives, NH offers an array of events and activities during the long weekend, including:
- 71st Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival
- Second Annual Crush Fest
- 21st Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
- Fall Foliage Helicopter Tours
- NH Fall Festival at Strawbery Banke
- Plainfield Pumpkin People
- Return of the Pumpkin People
With vibrant fall foliage consistently the main attraction, fall is the second-largest travel season and could draw 3 million out-of-state, overnight visitors who will spend $1.4 billion this fall.