Some visitors have cancelled their trips to the coast because of Tropical Storm Arthur, and local tourism officials are facing a potential hit to the bottom line from the storm.
Several hotels in the area have already taken a major hit with visitors canceling their reservations.
Connie Nelson, communications director for the Cape Fear Coast Convention &Visitors Bureau, said she is remaining hopeful.
"We're hoping that for every cancellation we experience that we'll have some walk-in visitors once the storm has passed on Friday," Nelson explained.
Nelson said they were expecting a lot of tourists for Independence Day.
"Our three big holiday weekends during the summer months are very important to the tourism industry. So July Fourth really kicks things off and we were expecting an epic weekend and hopefully we will still have it, since we're only expecting it to impact one day," Connie noted.
During Governor Pat McCrory's visit to Wilmington on Wednesday, he warned tourists traveling to the area to use caution and to stay informed of the weather. He also shared that THE NC Division of tourism will have its call center open 24/7 starting Thursday through the duration of the storm. Live operators will offer the latest information on the storm at 1-800-visit-NC .
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