Summer Tourism Solid Along The Outer Banks

Tourism is booming on the Outer Banks.

Carolyn McCormick is with the Outer Banks Visitor's Bureau. She says restaurants and hotels have seen a 10 percent increase in revenue, which amounts to about 50 million dollars.

Officials say this summer has been their best tourism season since Hurricane Isabel hit the barrier islands in 2003. The storm tore up parts of state Highway 12 and caused nearly 168 million dollars in damage.

McCormick credits several reasons for the upswing, including great weather. She also says road improvements have helped. This includes the widening of U.S. Highway 64 that runs from the Raleigh area to Manteo.

Labor Day weekend marks the official end to the summer season.