Welcoming tourists from next door and around the globe
The Lakes Region Tourism Association of New Hampshire represents 100 communities, 237 lakes and ponds and more than 430 businesses, all of which share our passion for this unique and beautiful area. From our base in Tilton, our mission is to share the magic of the Lakes Region in all four seasons, drawing year-round visitors while providing economic benefits to our member businesses.START PLANNING
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Learn how the Lakes Region Tourism Association can support the growth of your business through marketing and outreach efforts that reach hundreds of thousands of groups, tourists and travelers.
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Learn how the Lakes Region Tourist Association can elevate your brand or business through targeted print and digital marketing efforts.
Here's how we do it
What LRTA marketing initiatives support my business?
From targeted marketing support to trade-show representation, the LRTA is here to support your business.
Our multifaceted marketing strategy leverages the power of digital, print and in-person promotion to drive traffic to the Lakes Region and its businesses.
To that end, we print and distribute 700,000 publications locally, nationally and internationally. Our “Where to Guide” and “Map Guide” have the largest distribution of any other Lakes Region publication, at 200,000 and 500,000 copies, respectively.
LRTA partners with White Mountain attractions and local chambers of commerce to purchase national magazine advertisements, as well as digital and billboard campaigns. We proudly represent the region at consumer and trade shows throughout the Northeast, promoting New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains as a year-round destination.
Our robust social media presence includes more than 50,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram with carefully scheduled posts, promotions and contests to attract followers.
Efforts to attract international visitors include sales and trade shows for both consumers and destination marketing companies, as well as meetings with group tour planners and travel writers to increase exposure.
Our exciting monthly email newsletter, “Ripples,” is distributed to a subscriber list of more than 30,000 readers, including potential visitors, tour operators, meeting planners, event coordinators, media and travel writers, and, of course, our members.
The LRTA attends the American Bus Association Marketplace and National Association of Sports Commissions Symposium, maintains a group website and produces a media kit targeted specifically to tour and meeting planners that include venues, itineraries, photography and video promoting the region.
Carefully curated itineraries for a range of personas assist group tour operators with planning, inspire travel writers, and assist our guests in planning their activities.
Finally, LRTA operates two high-traffic visitor centers that welcome guests to the Lakes Region and provide a wealth of resources to ensure a memorable visit.
What is the LRTA’s target demographic?
We work hard to ensure that your message reaches the right audience. Here’s a snapshot of the visitors who make their way to the Lakes Region each year.
Our target market focus utilizes the following criteria:
- Household income of more than $100,000.
- Families, couples, singles and groups within driving distance or easy fly/drive distance.
- Women and women with children, 25–33, 34–45 and 55+.
- Residents of Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, Springfield, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Ohio, Washington DC and Southern New Hampshire.
- Residents of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Japan and Australia.
- Scandinavian residents (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden).
Does LRTA Provide scholarship opportunities?
LRTA offers scholarships of up to $1,000 to students accepted at an institution of higher learning majoring in a tourism- or hospitality-related field. Applicants must be residents of New Hampshire and are eligible to be awarded this scholarship for a maximum of two years.
Applicants are evaluated based on
- Personal data.
- Scholastic aptitude.
- Scholastic performance.
- Financial need.
Does the LRTA have resources for the media?
LRTA has a wealth of information for writers and journalists, from story ideas and newsletter archives to photographs and research materials.
Learn about our region, towns and lakes, as well as ways to obtain media assets and information, in our press resources area.
Are there any special deals for LRTA members?
From discounted group advertising rates and gang-run printing to reduced-price mailing lists and more, the LRTA member co-op program is designed specifically to give small businesses affordable access to a multitude of marketing opportunities.
Advertising cooperative programs offer discounts for advertising through coordinated advertising efforts with both in and out-of-state publications and media outlets. This program is supplemented by Joint Promotional Program Grant funds, which directly reduce your cost.
Gang-run brochure printing can save you hundreds of dollars by printing multiple projects simultaneously. This enables us to negotiate discounted rates and maintain a high-quality product.
For a nominal fee, LRTA can assist you with producing a direct mail campaign by offering advice on market segments and targeted mailing lists, provided on disk or mailing labels. Lists can be sorted by state, region, and inquiry date with travel agents, local and national media, tour operators, and past inquiry lists available.
Where can I get contact information for LRTA resources?
Whether you’re looking for things to do during your Lakes Region vacation, assessing the viability of starting a business, or starting the research for your next novel, the resources below should provide you with everything you need to know.
Belknap County Economic Development Council
Nonprofit regional development corporation serving businesses and municipalities in Belknap County. Business assistance without charge.
383 South Main Street, Laconia
Business and Industry Association of NH
New Hampshire’s state chamber of commerce and leading business advocate. Our mission is to promote a healthy business climate and robust economic future for New Hampshire. Through advocacy with state legislators and regulators, we shape business-friendly public policy and provide a counterbalance to legislation and regulations that threaten the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire businesses.
122 North Main Street, Concord
Central New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 831, Campton
City of Laconia
45 Beacon Street, East Laconia
Discover Sandwich, New Hampshire
A guide to area businesses, events and activities of this quintessential New England town. There is something for everyone.
P.O. Box 116, Sandwich
Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
Gateway to New Hampshire workforce and career information. Visit our site for Community Profiles.
45 S. Fruit Street, Concord
Granite State Ambassadors
New Hampshire’s information specialists. Say hi to our volunteers at many of the state’s welcome centers.
470 Mast Road, Goffstown
Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 121, West Ossipee
Home Builders & Remodelers Association of new hampshire
As one of the largest trade organizations in the state, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire’s primary function is to protect its members’ interests at the various levels of local, state and, through its affiliation with the National Association of Home Builders, federal governments.
P.O. Box 105, New Hampton
Laconia Motorcycle Week Association
P.O. Box 5399, Laconia
Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce
328 Main Street, P.O. Box 532, New London
Lakes Region Tourism Association
Regional marketing organization dedicated to serving the needs of tourism-based businesses and guests traveling to the area. Develops and distributes visitor publications.
Visitors info available at:
- 61 Laconia Road, Tilton
- Alton Bay Information Center, Route 11A (next to town dock)
Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
Formerly the Greater Laconia-Weirs Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce Summer
Information booth on Route 3 just below Weirs Beach.
383 S. Main Street, Laconia
Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce
272 Daniel Webster Highway, P.O. Box 732 Meredith
New Hampshire Fish & Game
11 Hazen Drive, Concord
New Hampshire Marine Patrol
The Marine Patrol’s mission is to provide a safe, enjoyable and environmentally responsible use for all the state’s public waters. The bureau provides a comprehensive Marine Safety Program, places more than 5,000 aids to navigation, and offers boating education for all recreation and commercial boat operators.
31 Dock Road, Gilford
NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
100 N. Main Street, Suite 100, Concord
NH State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks provide a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, as well as year-round recreation fun for the whole family.
172 Pembroke Road, Concord
Town of Alton Parks and Recreation
328 Main Street, AVAS Public Park, Alton
Town of Bristol
5 School Street, Bristol
Town of Meredith
41 Main Street, Meredith
Town of Plymouth
6 Post Office Square, Plymouth
Town of Wakefield
2 High Street, Sanbornville
Town of Waterville Valley
P.O. Box 500, Waterville Valley
Umbagog Area Chamber of Commerce
A four-season recreational paradise encompassing the Umbagog area of northern New Hampshire and Maine.
P.O. Box 113, Errol
An online vacation planning guidebook for Weirs Beach, featuring photographs of its natural beauty and postcards from its historical past. Extensive information for the first-time or any-time visitor.
Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce
159C Main Street, North Woodstock
White Mountain National Forest
71 White Mountain Drive, Campton
Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce
32 Central Avenue, P.O. Box 547, Wolfeboro
Need guidance? Navigate with our maps and directions
A New Hampshire Lakes Region vacation is within driving distance from many cities in the Northeast, with easy access to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Logan Airport in Boston.
BOS – Logan International Airport
2 hours to Lakes Region, NH
MHT – Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
1 hour to Lakes Region, NH
PSM – Portsmouth International Airport
1 hour to Lakes Region, NH
Mileage to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
Approximate driving mileage to the Lakes Region from:
- Albany, NY | 175
- Baltimore, MD | 464
- Boston, MA | 100
- Halifax, NS | 652
- Hartford, CT | 167
- Manchester, NH | 42
- Montreal, PQ | 223
- Philadelphia, PA | 372
- Portland, ME | 76
- Providence, RI | 150
- Quebec City, PQ | 292
- Toronto, ON | 520
Distances around the Lakes Region
Approximate driving times around the Lakes Region:
- Wolfeboro to Laconia | 45–60 min
- Meredith to Laconia | 20 min
- Bristol to Meredith | 30 min
- New Hampton to Meredith | 15 min
- Laconia to Holderness | 45–60 min
- Tilton to New Hampton | 10 min
- Meredith to Moultonborough | 20 min
- Circle Lake Winnipesaukee | 1.5–2 hrs
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