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N.H. expects 13.6 million out-of-state visitors this summer

New Hampshire tourism officials are estimating they will see about 13.6 million out-of-state visitors this summer who will spend about $1.9 billion.

The Institute for New Hampshire Studies said that represents about a 1 percent increase in population and 2 percent increase in spending from last year.

The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development said summer accounts for 40 percent of visitation and spending to New Hampshire. Most of the visitors for the summer will be from New England, the Middle Atlantic states and eastern Canada.

“The Fourth of July is our most popular holiday and helps kick off the busiest part of the summer season in New Hampshire,” said Lori Harnois, director of the division.

She said 860,000 visitors are expected to come for the long holiday weekend and spend about $128 million.

Some of the attractions in the White Mountains area, one of the more popular destinations, have added special events to their daily schedules for the Fourth of July.

For example, on Friday, the Mount Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch is offering three-hour Adventure Photography tours.

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