Duck boat tours, nearly chock full, are again circuiting the city. The Cheers bar is standing room only. And Old Town Trolley Tours, no longer restricted to a solitary stop, are truly a hop-on, hop-off experience again.
There are increasing signs, some subtle and some striking, that tourism is on the rebound in Boston after a pent-up pandemic year. Tourism is one of Boston’s major revenue sources, and estimates of losses during the shutdown ran into the billions.
“It’s in the air, it’s almost tangible, you can feel it,” David Gibbons, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, said of the spike in visitors drawn to the area’s rich history, graceful architecture, and wealth of food and entertainment options.