- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire tourism officials are predicting a 5 percent increase in visitors this Labor Day weekend.

Officials say a decrease in gas prices and increase in consumer spending account for the optimistic prediction.

The Institute for New Hampshire Studies estimates 590,000 people will visit the Granite State this holiday weekend and are expected to spend $84 million.

Tourism officials say there is limited availability at lodgings in the Seacoast, White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley regions.

At New Hampshire state parks, 20 of the campgrounds that take reservations are near capacity, officials say.

In addition to the traditional scenic areas and tourist attractions, visitors can experience the Lancaster and Hopkinton fairs, the Exeter UFO festival, the annual crafts fair at Alton Bay and fireworks Sunday night at Weirs and Hampton beaches.

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