Restaurants, hotels and museums are feeling the pinch. Visitor spending for the month of September was down nearly 25 percent in Raleigh. The Bull City took an even bigger hit with a 37 percent decline.
"It's about $3.7 million in hotel revenue, $18 million in gross revenue for restaurants, retail stores and transportation companies," said Reyn Bowman of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Almost immediately after the attacks, 108 meetings scheduled in Durham were canceled.
The North Carolina Division of Tourism hopes to turn things around. They plan to launch a statewide media campaign encouraging residents to visit local attractions.