More than 45 million visitors to North
Carolina spent more than 15 billion dollars in the state last
year. State officials say that's the largest single-year increase
in tourism spending since 1990.
The numbers announced Monday come from the Travel Industry
Association of America. The preliminary results are from an annual
study on the travel industry that uses tax revenue data to
determine the overall economic impact of travel.
In 2005, the association estimated visitors to North Carolina
spent 14-point-two billion dollars in the Tar Heel state. The rise
of eight-point-three percent exceeded the national average of a
seven-point-seven percent increase in tourism spending.
State officials estimate that more than 187,000 North
Carolinians work in the travel and tourism industry.