Tourism Up In The State

Looks like more people are vacationing along our coast this year.

The state division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development says tourism is up. The figures are calculated using hotel/motel occupancy data throughout the state.

The southeast region, which includes New Hanover and Brunswick counties, showed the biggest increase of nine percent in room occupancy rates for June compared to last year. Carteret County saw a six percent increase.

Tourism officials say the boost can be attributed to a recovering economy, more advertising and more vacationers.

Tourism accounts for more than 190,000 jobs and more than 1.3 billion in state and local revenues in North Carolina.

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  • by Anne Location: Newport on Aug 14, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    We rent out a vacation home and I can tell you that more than half of my "vacationers" this year were coming from places far away to greet returning Marines. I can't begin to tell you how happy it makes me to see soldiers coming home alive and whole and how blessed I feel to have a little place to rent to their families for their joyous occasion.
  • by MBG on Aug 14, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    Are these people crazy? Why go to NC when there are better places such as NJ, South Carolina, and Maryland!
  • by GG Location: GV on Aug 13, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    I read somewhere a while back that this may happen because of the Gulf oil spill. Not saying this is the only reason but I bet it is a major factor.

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