spending strong dollar on travel in the United
Canadians visiting New Hampshire this October
can enjoy the crisp air, the vivid colours of
the fall foliage, and the lure of factory-outlet
shopping made more affordable now that the loonie
is at part with the U.S. dollar.
The soaring loonie is leading a growing migration
of Canadians to spend their travel budgets south
of the border, and causing grief for Canadian
tourism operators as more Americans decide to
stay at home.
"When the exchange rate began getting closer
to par we saw an increase in Canadian clients
... and they're coming throughout the year,
instead of just off-season," said Steve
Gendall, owner of the Maple Leaf Motel in nearby
North Conway, a scenic mountainous area known
for its skiing and factory-outlet shopping.