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Terrorist Attacks Have Impact On Triangle Tourism

Posted October 23, 2001 7:19 a.m. EDT

— The attacks on Sept. 11 have had a huge impact on tourism in the Triangle.

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.