Published on : Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This summer, Granite Staters are anticipating to witness tourism’s revival after struggling hard in 2020 because of the pandemic.
With impending Memorial Day weekend, there is enthusiasm building up for the informal beginning of summers, mainly on the Seacoast. Hampton beach is at present witnessing a busy spring season. It’s a possible signal of what is about to come in the forthcoming summers.
John Nyhan, president of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, explained that the restaurants along the Seacoast have witnessed a major rise in the traffic of the customer in recent weeks. Also, hotels, motels and cottage rentals are rising in numbers.
To quote Nyhan, “It’s getting to a point now where they’re asking visitors if they have any flexibility in terms of weeks because some of the favorite weeks are already booked.”
On Friday, the state will raise all restrictions related to COVID-19 and shift to “Universal Best Practices,” a guidance document unveiled during the weekly briefing of the state. The state will suggest people to adopt all COVID-19 precautions but will no longer issue any directive related to them.
Nyhan also explained that the move of more and more people getting vaccinated will eventually help the businesses this summer.
“I think a lot of people will feel comfortable coming out and feeling safe,” he said. “Since we have a lot of outdoor areas here, I can see a lot of people coming to Hampton Beach this summer.”
He thinks that the biggest issue that businesses are facing at present is having good number of staffs to manage the summer rush, thanks to low unemployment and a lack of foreign students who fill seasonal positions.
“We have depended in the past on J-1 students,” Nyhan said. “Three hundred came in 2019. That’s a lot of jobs to have to replace.”
Private businesses can carry on following the restrictions after the governor raises them on Friday. Nyhan also mentioned that he thinks for the summer, some will continue to have their own practices in place.