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After three sleepy years, the tourism industry in some areas north of Boston, Mass., is waking up, according to a report in the Boston Globe.
Occupancy is improving at motels, hotels and inns, helped by a return of foreign visitors who stayed away in the wake of 9/11, observers say.
More people are passing through turnstiles at key historic sites, such as the House of the Seven Gables in Salem. And falling gas prices have helped to keep day-trippers and those within driving distance of New England – particularly from New York and Canada – on the road.
“We’re seeing good numbers,” said Steven Kesselman, superintendent of the National Park Service Visitor Center in Salem. “Most people start in Salem, then typically go up to Cape Ann. They want to see the coast. I think it bodes well for a tourism revival.”
“We’re pretty much doing a bang-up job,” said Bill Pickles, director of the Maria Miles Visitor Information Center in Salisbury, on Interstate 95. “On Sundays, our lines are out the door. People are still traveling. People are on the roads.”