LINCOLN, N.H. (CBS) – It’s Columbus Day weekend and in New Hampshire that means leaf peepers. This weekend is one of the busiest of the year for the vital tourism economy.

The number of travelers is expected to be up, even after the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

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Tourism officials anticipate their best Columbus Day ever. More than 600,000 visitors will travel to the mountains and spend close to 85 million dollars. A huge victory considering just over a month ago, Hurricane Irene threatened to derail the season.

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

The one area of tourism that’s not up this year is tour bus bookings. Officials say they’re down about 15 percent, but that’s as much because of economic uncertainty this summer as Hurricane Irene.

After a late start those legendary leaves are finally beginning to cooperate.


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