Onslow County tourism shows the largest increase

Posted by Debra Worley - email

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - More than half of North Carolina's counties reported an increase in visitor spending in 2008, according to Governor Bev Perdue.

Data from the NC Department of Commerce's Division of Tourism showed visitors to and within the state spent $16.9 billion in 2008, which is an increase of 2.1% from 2007.  The study uses sales and tax revenue data plus employment figures to determine the overall visitor impact.

"We know that current economic conditions are affecting businesses all across the state, including those in the tourism industry," said Gov. Perdue in a statement. "But this continued economic growth, and especially growth in tax revenues, is encouraging."

62 of the state's 100 counties saw increases in visitor spending in 2008, including 16 counties that had increases of more than 5 percent. Onslow County showed the largest percentage increase in visitor spending with an 8.3 percent increase.

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