Crystal Coast Tourism Experts: Good Season Expected, Despite Gas Prices

The warmer temperatures here in eastern Carolina bring many out-of-town visitors. Some businesses worry high gas prices might keep them away, but tourism experts on the Crystal Coast have encouraging news.

The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority says advanced bookings for cottages and condos are really strong and are ahead of where they were this time last year. Atlantic Sun properties is seeing a 17% increase in advanced bookings and the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront hotel says they are about 35% ahead of where they were this time last year. All a good sign for an area that depends greatly on tourism.

"Its a great family destination and we're very affordable. Most of our attractions are free, if not for a minimal fee, and it's clean. It's pristine and we have things in all price ranges," said Executive Director at Crystal Coast Tourism Carol Lohr.

The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority says Easter weekend is looking good, and tourism generates more than $250 million dollars a year for the Crystal Coast

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  • by wayne Location: apex nc on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    anywhere except atlantic beach, they dont like fisherman or tourists !!! no piers and pay to park
  • by Mom Location: NC on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Did they factor in charging the tourists for parking too? Shame on David Walker and Trace whatever.
  • by jared Location: pa on Apr 2, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    its gonna be a great season in emerald isle and anyways most people rent houses and walk to the beach or bike and alot rent oceanfront
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Apr 2, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Keep hoping for a good one.. But with idiotic financial ploys such as $10 a day to park you're only turning the beach goers away!
  • by Grammar Witch Location: MHC on Apr 2, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    These will be one time visitors as Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle are going to start charging people $10 per day to park at the beach. I hope everyone knows to head down to Fort Macon and Pine Knoll Shores instead to park and enjoy the beach for free.
  • by beachbum Location: wilson on Apr 1, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    Keep hopin' for a good season but plan for one not so good just in case.

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