Report: Tourists Spent More Dollars In North Carolina In 2010

North Carolina keeps drawing tourists and their disposable dollars despite the recession.

Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday touted a report by the U.S. Travel Association that said visitors spent a record $17 billion in North Carolina last year, up 9 percent from nearly $16 billion in 2009.

The number of visitors also increased to 36.8 million people in 2010, more than 2 percent more than 2009. That made North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country behind California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

Perdue's office says the tourism industry is the bread and butter for more than 40,000 North Carolina businesses.

Perdue spoke Monday in Asheville at a conference on hospitality and tourism.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ace Location: j ville on Apr 9, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    Wonder what Bev did with the taxes from the 1 billion? Just think if these figures are correct we could charge each individual visiting 50 cent and make 500 million dollars.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Mar 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Just try finding actual numbers to substantiate anything in this "report." There are no hard numbers - just someone's guestimation that the numbers went up.
  • by Blah on Mar 15, 2011 at 02:39 AM
    This is because of all the evil rich people aint it Data Man,Barlow.
  • by factcheck on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    Visitor numbers to Pea Island National Park (Hatteras Island) in 2010 were highest ever....despite negative campaign by the OBX Chamber/Tourism about beach driving regulations that were surely going to destroy OBX tourism. (Maybe people really do prefer quiet beaches that don't resemble Daytona Beach!) And people are not going overseas to vacation like they once were...cheaper to stay home or rent a big house and split the cost with friends & family.
  • by Jack Location: NC on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    Because gas prices have gone up, food, and taxes. Not because more people came here (except the illegals)
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 14, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    People from virginia come to the outer bank's bring $10.00 and leave a week later and take $9 and some change back with them.HA! HA! HA!
  • by BLAHammed on Mar 14, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    Sure they did cause everything cost more.DUH!
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