North Carolina Attracts Record Visitor Spending;
“Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina tourism generated record visitor spending in 2015 with a total of $21.9 billion, a 2.7 percent increase over 2014 which outpaced the national average for growth last year of only 2.1 percent. Additionally, tourism industry-supported employment topped 211,000 jobs to set another record for the state.
“Nearly 50 million people from across the United States visited North Carolina destinations last year,” Governor McCrory said. “The money they spend supports 211,400 jobs and more than 45,000 businesses.”
Governor McCrory, who proclaimed May 1-7, 2016, as Tourism Week in North Carolina, applauded the growth in direct tourism employment, which was up 3.2 percent over 2014. Payroll income grew even more, increasing 6.5 percent to top $5 billion for the first time….” according to the press release from the NC State Governor’s office.