October 18, 2013
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Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
About 2 million visitors pass through Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor during a short tourist season.
A five-hour drive from Boston, the area’s economy relies on visitors who plan to stay overnight or longer.
September and October revenues are estimated at about 30 percent of what local businesses bring in each year.
Said Tara Harbert, a national park ranger at Acadia: “We love being back to work.”
At Quality Inn, sales fell about $15,000 compared with last year’s, said general manager Nancy Tibbetts.