N.H. Hotels Target Black Friday Shoppers

By Kathy McCormack, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A free purse filled with energy bars and coupons to outlet stores. Gift wrapping accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Shuttle service to the mall. Hotels and inns in sales tax-free New Hampshire are offering such goodies and services to get Black Friday shoppers to stay overnight.

The stay-and-shop packages have had few takers so far, but that’s not unusual.

WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe talks with Donny Sullivan, manager of the Country Inn and Suites in Bedford, N.H.

Hotel and inn managers say last-minute bookings in New Hampshire have become common as travelers remain cautious about their budgets and watch for good weather.

Delaware, Oregon, Montana and Alaska also don’t charge shoppers a sales tax, but hotels there are not pushing Black Friday stays as much as those in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire aggressively markets itself as a shopping destination, especially targeting neighboring states and Canada.

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