Lakes Region businesses soak up successful summer season
Owners and managers of motels, restaurants and stores in the area said the summer's hot weather has been bringing in much-needed tourist dollars, helping make up for past years that have been slow because of the bad economic times.
"We're almost back to where we were in 2008," said Ellen Moore, front desk manager at the Fireside Inn in Gilford.
"We've been full every week since Bike Week," she said. "There's definitely been a pick up this year, a ton from last year."
"This past month or so we've seen a definite increase in people over the past few years," said Gabby Owens, the resort's manger. "We're seeing lots of new faces."
"Business has been very good, we aren't complaining," said the store's Jo Hayden. "I don't know if it's better than ever, but it's better than last year for sure."
The large tourist influx has given business owners hope that the bad economic times are changing, at least for many vacationers this summer.
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