CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Representatives of New Hampshire restaurants and lodging industries said Monday that they are optimistic for a strong spring and summer now that COVID-19 vaccinations are available, but some problems remain.
“Both vacation rentals and lodging pre-bookings are up over previous years at this time, as well as rentals of boats, canoes, kayaks, attraction tickets,” Amy Landers, executive director of the Lakes Region Tourism Association, said during a call hosted by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “We are encouraging people if you want to get to the Lakes Region this summer, you better start planning now because everything is going be sold out.”READ MORE: Mayor Janey Promises Change After Scandal Over Retired Boston Police Officer
Landers said some businesses are still struggling, however, such as restaurants. She said one challenge in past years, finding workers, will increase.
“It’s going to be the worst ever that we’ve seen because we don’t have the international (staff) coming in as well. I’m fearful that we’re going to lose several businesses because they won’t have employees,” she said.READ MORE: 'Making Good Progress': Doctors Believe Massachusetts Can Reach Herd Immunity In A Couple Months
Landers said there has been discussion of marketing to draw workers from other states, but there’s a lack of housing for them.
Shaheen said the Biden administration is re-evaluating policies to make it easier for visa workers to come into the country for jobs.MORE NEWS: 'We Just Need More People': Restaurant Owners Struggling To Find Staff As Former Employees Collect Unemployment
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