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Sep 18, 2009 4:49 PM by Associated Press

New England hoping revenues rise as leaves fall

Northern New England's foliage is expected to be especially vibrant this fall. But tourism revenues likely will remain muted as the economy slowly recovers.

Tourism officials are optimistic but don't expect to break any records. They're offering a variety of deals in hopes of at least matching last year's revenues, which were down significantly from previous years due to the recession.

In Vermont, more than 60 lodging properties, tourist attractions and restaurants are offering tourists who have midweek bookings "Midweek Peek" deals ranging from "stay two nights, get the third night free" to a free half pint of maple syrup. Dozens of Maine properties are offering similar packages, and New Hampshire's tourism Web site features numerous "Yankee Dollar-Stretching Deals."

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