There is some good news on the economic front, despite the recession. People are still coming to North Carolina to spend money.
The state says last year a record $16.9 billion in tourism dollars were spent in North Carolina, an increase of 2.1% from 2007.
The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 190,000 people, which is the same as in 2007.
North Carolina also moved up to the sixth most visited state. "The fact that North Carolina went from the seventh most-visited state in the nation in 2007 to the sixth in 2008 shows that despite the fact that fewer people are traveling, we are still gaining in market share over our closest competitors," said Lynn Minges, assistant secretary for Tourism, Marketing and Global Branding for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.