A strong start to tourism season Vacation area businesses have high hopes after a strong start to the season ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Despite the rainy and chilly weather, many New England businesses said they had a strong Memorial Day weekend. Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Erik Lindblom, at the Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport, said, “It seems like the economy is finally working for us, not against us.” Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Lindblom prepared snacks before the afternoon arrival of guests. Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Sarah Lindblom checked guest reservations at the Captain Jefferds Inn. “We’re very optimistic about the summer,” she said. Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe At Port Jewelry in Kennebunkport, owner Gerda Towne said, "I hope it gets good.... It can't get worse." Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Shoppers enjoyed Kennebunkport during the holiday weekend. Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Carol Savard of Massachusetts shopped in Portsmouth, N.H. Tourism officials there expect hotel occupancy to continue to climb this summer. Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe A new hotel is being built in Portsmouth, N.H., by Colwen Hotel Management, which also owns the Residence Inn adjacent to the lot.