Tourism this summer


WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE’S
BUSINESS, I’M FRED KOCUR. THE NUMBER ONE REVENUE GENERATOR
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE IS SMART
MANUFACTURING, BUT THE NUMBER
TWO REVENUE GENERATOR IS TOURISM
AND SUMMER IS THE NUMBER ONE
SEASON FOR TOURISM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. LET’S LOOK AT NUMBERS FROM LAST
YEAR. IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF TOURISM
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. 3.5 MILLION VISITS. TOURIST SPENDING $1.9 BILLION. AND THEN 2019 EXPECTATION BY THE
STATE TRAVEL AND TOURISM
DIVISION IS 3%. 65,100 TOURISM NEW HAMPSHIRE
JOBS SO IT’S BIG. NOW, HERE ARE SOME TRENDS FROM
2018. DIRECT TRAVEL RELATED EMPLOYMENT
WAS DOWN .6%. THE NUMBER OF DEPLANED
PASSENGERS AT MANCHESTER BOSTON
AIRPORT WERE DOWN 8.5%. STATE REVENUE UP 6.3%. WITH ME TO TALK ABOUT TOURISM
AND WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THEIR
ATTRACTIONS, TWO SIGNIFICANT
ONES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE S
CYNTHIA, AND DAVID OF THE CONWAY
SCENIC RAILROAD IN NORTH CONWAY. YES, NORTH CONWAY.>>NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>GOOD TO BE HERE. HOW ARE THINGS GOING WITH YOUR
BUSINESS, DAVID. WHAT’S TOURISM LOOK LIKE AT THE
RAILROAD?>>TOURISM IS DOING VERY WELL. AS FAR AS AN OVERALL VIEW OF IT,
PROBABLY EXCEED THE 3% THAT THE
STATE IS PUTTING OUT THERE. AND BASICALLY PART OF THAT IS WE
HAVE INVESTED IN PROVIDING
ADDITIONAL AMENITIES TO THE
PROPERTY SO THAT WAY, GUESTS CAN
HAVE A FAMILY GREAT EXPERIENCE.>>AND WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT
VIDEO OF YOUR RAILROAD AND OF
YOUR RESORTS, CYNTHIA, IN JUST A
MINUTE. HOW ARE THINGS GOING AT THE
NASHUA RESORT?>>WELL WHEN MOTHER NATURE
COOPERATES WITH US, IT’S
BEAUTIFUL. IT’S A BUSY SEASON SO FAR AND
BUSINESS IS UP. THE TOURISTS ARE COMING AND
EVERYONE’S HAPPY. YOU’RE A THIRD ANYRATION OF THIS
BUSINESS RESORT?>>I AM THIRD GENERATION OF
WOMEN.>>OF WOMEN, INTERESTING.>>YEAH.>>THAT’S A STORY IN ITSELF. NOW, LET’S GO TO SOME VIDEO,
FIRST OF ALL OF THE CONWAY
SCENIC RAILROAD AND DESCRIBE
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR HERE,
DAVID.>>WE STARTED WITH OUR TRIP,
NORTH 74 CONWAY DEPOT. IT’S RARE. WE HAVE THREE DISTINCT RIDE
OPPORTUNITIES AND WE HAVE OUR
CONWAY TRAIN, WHICH IS OUR ROUND
TRIP, GOOD FOR FOLKS THAT HAVE
LITTLE KIDS. AND WE HAVE THE TRIP TO BARTLETT
AND THERE’S TIME TO ENJOY OUR
FINE DINING AND ENJOY THE
SCENERY AND A FIVE AND A HALF
HOUR UP TO CRAWFORD NOTCH AP
THAT’S LIKES STEPPING BACK IN TIME AND ENJOYING A TRANS
CONTINENTAL EXPERIENCE.>>AND YOU GO ACROSS THE TRUSTLE
AT CRAWFORD NOTCH WHICH WAS
BUILT A LONG TIME AGO AND IT’S
STILL STURDY, RIGHT?>>THAT’S NOT THE ORIGINAL
TRESTLE, IT WAS RECONSTRUCTED
WITH MODERN STEEL. WHAT THAT DOES, IT PROVIDES YOU
THIS UNIQUE VIEW WHERE YOU’RE
ACTUALLY LIKE FLOATING ABOVE THE
TOPS OF THE TREES ON THE SIDE OF
THE MOUNTAIN. IT’S PRETTY INCREDIBLE. CYNTHIA, WE HAVE SOME VIDEO OF
YOUR RESORT, TOO. ROLL THAT AND TELL ME WHAT WE’RE
LOOKING AT.>>WE’RE LOCATED ON WEIRS BEACH
LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE AT THE
CHANNEL. WE’RE AN 82 UNIT RESORT STARTED
IN 1935. WE HAVE AN OUTDOOR BEACH BAR,
AND GRILL. AND WE HAVE THE BLUE BISTRO
INSIDE WHICH IS FINE DINING. ALL OF OUR DESSERTS ARE
HOMEMADE.>>OH, BOY. WE’RE A THIRD GENERATION, FOURTH
GENERATION OF OUR GUESTS COMING.>>AND YOUR RESORT WAS STARTED
BY A GERMAN IMMIGRANT–
I’M SORRY, A GREEK IMMIGRANT WHO
CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AND STARTED
WITH A SPRINGWATER BUSINESS,
RIGHT?>>YES, MY GRANDFATHER BOUGHT A
SPRING IN 1935, NEW HAMPSHIRE
SPRING WATER COMPANY DEEMED ONE
OF THE FINEST SPRINGS IN THE
COUNTRY BY CONCORD AND HE
CHANGED IT TO NASWA SPRING WATER COMPANY.>>LET ME TALK TO YOU ABOUT WORK
FORCE. THIS IS AN ISSUE WITH THE
IMMIGRATION CAPS ON H2B VISAS
FOR FOREIGN VISAS TO WORK IN THE
SUMMER. ALTHOUGH THOSE WERE INCREASED I
KNOW BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,
BUT ARE YOU GETTING THE WORK
FORCE YOU NEED, CYNTHIA?>>WE DID MISS THE CAP IN
JANUARY, BUT WE GOT IN ON THE
EXTRA 30,000 VISAS IN THE
SPRINGTIME. SO WE HAVE ABOUT 30 H2B VISAS
WITH US.>>SAVED, SAME QUESTION,
BRIEFLY.>>FOR US WE HAVE 80 EMPLOYEES
AND ONE THING FOR ADVANTAGE, I
HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT LOVE
TRAINS, THEY RETIRE FROM A
REGULAR CAREER AND THEN COME TO
WORK FOR US. SO WE’RE IN A LITTLE DIFFERENT
CATEGORY THERE.>>AND YOU ACTUALLY GIVE THEM
BENEFITS TO KEEP–
>>YES FOR OUR FULL-TIME
EMPLOYEES WE GIVE MEDICAL
BENEFITS AND OFFER THEM A WAY TO
SUPPORT THE FAMILY THAT THEY CAN SURVIVE.>>DAVID, PRESIDENT OF CONWAY
SCENIC RAILROAD IN NORTH CONWAY,
NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE AND
CYNT

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