WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and many people are expected to celebrate it in Southeastern North Carolina.
The Cape Fear Visitors Bureau said people will still travel over the holiday weekend, despite the slow economy.
This year many tourists are having to make cutbacks in their traditional Memorial weekend vacations, but some business say the sales will still kick off the summer.
"We're pretty thankful - obviously people are still having a hard time in general," said Greg McGinnity. "Last year definitely negatively affected business."
Gas prices are down from this year from last, but some are still trying to save money other ways.
"We're just coming down here for the day, basically normally we would be here for a week, so it makes a lot of difference," said Terry Barbour.
Juan Troya and his friends chose to stay at a campground instead of a more expensive hotel and are thankful to be on vacation.
"Basically get out of the city for a little bit and come to the nice and quiet beach and get a to just have fun and chill out for a minute," said Troya.
While some say the economy is playing a factor in their Memorial Day plans, others say it's just about getting to the beach.
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