October 16. 2013 9:03PM

Columbus Day weekend traffic increases 4 percent

CONCORD — Traffic through the tolls from Friday through Monday of the Columbus Day Weekend was up nearly 4 percent compared to last year's holiday weekend, state tourism officials say.

Almost 1.5 million vehicles passed through New Hampshire's turnpikes during the four-day weekend. Sunday was up around 9 percent over last year.

There were more travelers visiting our state welcome and information centers in Colebrook, Littleton, Sanbornton and Sutton this year than last year. The rest area on the northbound side of the Hooksett toll received 17,490 visits over the holiday weekend.

"We have heard from many of our New Hampshire tourism industry properties that the Columbus Day Weekend was busy and successful," said Lori Harnois, director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development, in a news release.