In fact, holidaying there can be downright non-taxing.
The state happily touts its outdoor recreational activities, and also promotes itself as a shopping mecca, thanks in part to its being one of only five U.S. states that don’t have a sales tax.
“We’re making sure they provide value to Canadians,” Michele Cota of the State of New Hampshire, Department of Business and Economic Affairs, Division of Travel and Tourism Development, said during a Thursday Toronto gathering.
That value can include many hotels taking Canadian money at par and some having special packages that may include a dinner or entrance to an attraction when the properties are booked.
A state that borders this country notes that it has many outlet shopping malls that feature brand names.
“There’s lots of ways to spend money in New Hampshire,” joked Victoria Cimino, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development.
Cimino said her state is the “most forested state in the United States per square mile. Because of that we are an outdoor recreation playground.”
Hiking, cycling, cross-country and downhill skiing in a state that has many ski resorts and seasonal whale-watching are among available outdoor activities, said Cimino, adding tourists can be in a mountainous part of the state and then on an Atlantic Ocean beach shortly after.
Among state mountains is Mount Washington, the summit of which is billed as the windiest spot on the planet. Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, reported the mountain reaches 6,200 feet, with the treeline found at 4,000 feet. The upper reaches of the mountain have an “alpine-tundra”-like environment, said the energetic Caswell, who’s cycled to the top. The top – which has anchored structures to hold them in place from the wind — can also be reached by car, hiking paths and train.
Canada accounts for over 80% of New Hampshire’s international visitors, with 335,000 of us visiting in 2016.
In the photo:
Seen here are Ashton Marcus of Reach Global Marketing, which represents New Hampshire in this country; Cota; Cimino; Caswell; Charmaine Singh of Reach Global Marketing; Varuni Sakhalkar of Global Reach Marketing; and Kris Neilsen of the Division of Travel and Tourism development, who, like Marcus and Singh, was sporting a hockey jersey in support of the Humboldt Broncos.