- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire tourism officials hope lower gas prices and a strong regional economy will result in a record-setting summer season.

The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development expects more than 600,000 visitors this Memorial Day weekend. They’re expected to spend $95 million, or 5 percent more than last year.

For the entire summer, the number of travelers is expected to increase by 6 percent to 16.5 million. Spending is forecast to grow 4 percent to $2.16 billion.

June, July and August are the busiest travel season in New Hampshire, with most traffic coming from other New England states and the mid-Atlantic region.

This year’s summer promotional campaign urges visitors to “Live Free” while seeking new outdoor adventures.

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