CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire tourism officials are predicting an increase in visitors and an increase in spending this winter.
Using figures compiled by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, officials say they are expecting 6.7 million visitors between now and the end of February — a 5 percent hike over last year.
They anticipate those visitors will pour $860 million in the state's economy — 9 percent more than last year.
Last winter's snow drought and unseasonably warm temperatures forced hit winter sports industries hard and prompted cancellation of many winter sporting events.
The institute bases its forecasts on gas prices, spending patterns, weather predictions and the previous year's activity.
Tourism officials anticipate increases in day and overnight visits to ski areas and more family vacations during holiday weeks.