New Hampshire's Welcome Centers

An Investigation into Welcome Centers of the Northeast
PRS Briefs
PRS Policy Brief 1314-02
Friday, August 9, 2013

The purpose of this report is to inform the New Hampshire state government of ways in which various welcome centers in the Northeast area sustain themselves so they may consider the possibility of reopening three centers that have recently been shut down due to budget cuts. Additionally, the report aims to inform New Hampshire on practices they may implement in such centers to increase revenue to the state economy. The states chosen for comparison due to geographic similarity were New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine. We investigated the functions of each center, the amenities provided by each, and the ways in which each are funded. The findings are compiled here. Policy options that New Hampshire may wish to consider are television and brochure tourism advertising, a public procurement process, and reservation services within each center. These options are detailed further below in addition to an outline of further research that may be needed to move forward to with policy implementation.