Tourism Industry In Carteret County Is Booming

The tourism industry in one county in the east grew at the largest rate in two decades.

Figures released by the North Carolina Commerce Department show tourism revenues in Carteret County increased by 7.35% in 2013 compared to the year before. That's the largest change in revenue since 1992.

Carteret County's tourism director says business picked up for restaurants, stores and hotels.

Atlantic Beach Surf Shop has been in business for 50 years. Employees say they've seen a dramatic increase in tourism over the last two or three years.

"We're doing good. We don't know why. We count our blessings," says John Morrow. "There are a lot of people here. It seems like there are more northerners coming down from New Jersey, New York, Virginia, especially this time of year."

The Commerce Department says tourism generated about $302 million in revenue in the county in 2013, putting more than 3,000 people to work.

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