Published on : Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina recently said that visitor spending in 2016 increased a record $22.9 billion, which is an increase of 4.4 percent from 2015. Of the state’s 100 counties, 97 witnessed increased tourism spending.
The visitor spending data figures reflect sales and tax revenue data, employment figures and other economic data and includes dollars spent on food, lodging, retail items, recreation and transportation.
All area counties saw tourism spending soar in 2016, with both Pequimans and Chowan seeing the largest increases by 6 percent. Currituck, meanwhile, saw a 4.94 percent increase; Pasquotank reported a 4.77 percent jump; Dare saw an increase of 4.47 percent; and Camden saw a 1.75 percent increase. Gates County saw an increase of two-tenths of a percent. As far as total visitor spending is concerned, Dare reported the largest amount: nearly $1.1 billion.
“We finally broke the $60 million level. We came in at $62.3 million,” said Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Christina Rehklau.
Tourism revenues in Pasquotank have slowly increased since the early 1990s, but underwent a setback following the Great Recession in 2008. Currituck Travel and Tourism Director Tameron Kugler was also happy with Currituck’s growth in tourism spending in 2016.
“All of us in the tourism department are very pleased with tourism growth in 2016 and expect even better numbers for 2017,” Kugler said.
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