Wow… this is an amazing stat. This article was written by Dawn Kurry and published in the Triangle Business Journal. this is very good news for North Carolina in general and it’s tourism based businesses. Business strategy consultant Raleigh NC
“…Travelers spent more than $20 billion in North Carolina in 2013, supporting 198,270 jobs directly.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s tourism data shows nearly all of the state’s counties saw increases in visitor spending last year, with spending in Wake, Guilford and Mecklenburg counties eclipsing $1 billion.
Wake County received $1.9 billion, ranking second in visitor spending after Mecklenburg County, which received $4.6 billion. Guilford County received $1.2 billion from travelers.
Domestic visitors – travelers from within the state who do not stay overnight at their destination – spent $20 billion while traveling in the state last year; a 4 percent increase from 2012. Local tax revenue from visitors totaled more than $601 million, and state tax receipts totaled $1 billion.
“North Carolina continues to show that it is one of the most sought-after vacation spots in the country,” says Gov. Pat McCrory. “These statistics are no surprise; tourism stimulates our economy and encourages visitors to consider moving to our great state. The 2013 tourism dollars prove our cultural resources are just as big of a draw as our natural ones.”
According to Dept. of Commerce data, Wake County has 20,270 employees dedicated to tourism, slightly less than half of Mecklenburg County’s 46,500 tourism employees, which received $1.5 billion in payroll last year.
“Tourism is a key element of our economic development strategy for North Carolina,” says Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “It means jobs — nearly 200,000 of them across the state — for our residents. I am so pleased that every corner of North Carolina benefited from tourism. Nearly 53 million people experienced our state’s incredible beauty, from our famous mountains to our incredible coast and our vibrant cities and fascinating towns in between.”
Reporter Dawn Kurry covers small business, personalities and Triangle trends.”
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