New Hampshire hotels tout lack of sales tax for Black Friday packages

NEW HAMPSHIRE With tomorrow being the biggest shopping day of the year in North America, hoteliers in sales tax-free New Hampshire are hoping to draw Black Friday shoppers with value-added shopping packages.

New Hampshire, one of five U.S. states without a sales tax, does require hotels to collect a 9% lodging tax. Alaska, Delaware, Oregon and Montana are the other states without sales tax, but hotels there are not pushing Black Friday packages as aggressively as in New Hampshire. New Hampshire markets itself as a shopping destination, especially targeting neighboring states and Canada.

The Associated Press highlights a few of the New Hampshire hotel shopping deals on offer.

Highlander Inn, near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is offering a US$110 package that includes a coupon booklet for the mall and shuttle service that leaves as early as 4 a.m.

The Country Inn & Suites in Bedford is offering a two-night stay starting at US$145, with a US$50 gift card to a local restaurant and a shuttle service to the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester.

The Cranmore Mountain Lodge in North Conway offers guests purses with shopping coupons for area outlet stores and vouchers for local restaurants. Two-night packages start at US$212, including the lodging tax.

Candlelite Inn in Bradford, in conjunction with Tanger Outlet-Tilton’s fourth annual Magic of Midnight Sale on Thanksgiving evening, offers a free coupon book with more than US$350 worth of savings for US$181, including the lodging tax. Upon return from their shopping spree, the hotel provides guests with wrapping paper, bows and boxes, plus cookies, hot chocolate, hors d’oeuvres and a light supper.