New statistics show that spending from people visiting Pender County rose to $84.2 million 2013.
The 4.4 percent spending increase was announced by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development Friday.
The travel and tourism industry also created job opportunities for those in Pender County; paying more than 760 employees a total of $14.12 million.
Sales tax revenue generated from the industry in Pender County totaled almost $4 million.
Gov. Pat McCrory said visitors to North Carolina spent a record $20.2 billion in 2013.
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