Maine, NH businesses banking on Canadian tourists this summer

Posted May 08, 2011, at 11:58 a.m.
Last modified May 08, 2011, at 7:09 p.m.

YORK, Maine — The strong Canadian dollar has Maine and New Hampshire businesses confident that they will be seeing plenty of Canadian tourists this summer.

With the Canadian dollar now worth about $1.04 in U.S. money, businesses say interest is high from north of the border for the coming tourism season.

Gary Grossman, the owner of Long Beach Motor Inn in York, tells Foster’s Daily Democrat that inquiries from people in the U.S. are lagging. But he’s seeing high interest from Canadians who are watching the value of their currency, allowing them to get good deals in the U.S.

The Omni Mount Washington Resort and Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., says it’s had more Canadian visitors than usual this time of year.