Visitors spending more in NC

Posted March 14, 2011

— Visitors to North Carolina spent a record $17 billion last year, up 9 percent from 2009, state officials said Monday.

The previous record for visitor spending was $16.8 billion in 2008.

About 36.8 million people visited North Carolina last year, a 2.5 percent increase from 2009. The sixth-most-visited state in the nation, North Carolina gained nearly 2,000 tourism jobs in 2010, while state tax revenues from visitor spending increased 12.6 percent, officials said.

“North Carolina’s natural and cultural treasures bring people and dollars into our state,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said during remarks at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Hospitality in Asheville. “It’s a consistently growing part of our economy. Visitors and vacationers spend money that helps local economies thrive and creates jobs here in North Carolina, which is my No. 1 priority.”

More than 40,000 businesses in North Carolina directly provide products and services to travelers, employing about 185,500 people.

State tax revenue totaled more than $947 million and local tax revenues were $546 million as a direct result of visitor spending, according to a study by the U.S. Travel Association.

“We are thrilled to have record-setting visitor spending for tourism in 2010,” Lynn Minges, assistant secretary for tourism, marketing and global branding for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, said in a statement. “The fact that tourism helped create jobs and grow North Carolina’s economy in these tough economic times is a testament to both the strength of our tourism product and to the collaborative partnership of the North Carolina travel industry.”


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  • NANA13 Mar 15, 2011


  • tao90 Mar 14, 2011

    The Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield did well luring into my pockets when I first came down. haha

  • 426X3 Mar 14, 2011

    If NC is getting all that money, then where in the H is it going?

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 14, 2011

    Its a catch 22. Our wonderful state gets a bunch of implants and our beaches are way too crowded in the summer. BUT we get much needed revenue. Oh what to do. I certainly wouldn't mind if all those PA, NY and MD license plates just kept going south to Myrtle Beach.

  • lestergillis Mar 14, 2011

    NC is a good place to visit but I don't want to live here anymore because of the ridiculous taxes. It will be nice to visit, though.

  • littlebobeep Mar 14, 2011

    As much as it is nice that visitors do want to come here let's not kid ourselves that Raleigh and North Carolin are 'up there' when it comes to dream vacation spots.
    NY, Orlando, Vegas maybe, but I don't ever recall thinking about how much I wanted to visit NC before I moved here. In fact, until I moved here I had NEVER thought about visiting NC so I always amused by the governments efforts to promote 'tourism.
    Not saying it is not there, it's just not that 'big'. Still, I guess every little helps.

  • ecu4me2 Mar 14, 2011

    one of the highest gas taxes in the nation helps

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 14, 2011

    So, the story is really about the school calendar the state has decided to force upon the schools and how they think it is in the best interest of the state to start school late, have 1st semester exams after Winter break, and end school in May...WRAL just tell us what we want to agree with instead of creating articles to get around your own agenda.

  • 6869735 Mar 14, 2011

    "We must make our state more attractive so folks WANT to come back...... Our highways are the trashiest in all of Eastern America.....
    March 14, 2011 2:07 p.m."

    Try cleaning up all the dead bodies from the side of the roads!!!!!!!! DUH!

  • 6869735 Mar 14, 2011

    Cannot believe I was flagged for using the abbreviation, "BEE.ESS."!