By Rob Morris on August 13, 2013Currituck led all of the state’s 100 counties in the rate that tourism spending and employment increased in 2012, according to new data from the Department of Commerce.
The numbers show that every county in the state saw more visitor spending, with Currituck recording an 8.1 percent increase over 2011 for a total of $131 million.
Dare County still set the pace for northeastern North Carolina in total spending, drawing $926 million for a 5.6 percent increase, the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development reported.
That put Dare in the top five, behind only the larger metropolitan areas and Buncombe County in the mountains.
Visitors spent a record $19.4 billion in 2012 statewide, an increase of 5 percent from 2011. State tax receipts from visitor spending neared $1 billion in 2012 and local tax revenues totaled more than $579 million, the analysis showed.
The spending generated 193,610 jobs and more than $4.3 billion in payroll income, the commerce department reported.
Spending figures come from an annual study commissioned by the Division of Tourism and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association. It uses sales and tax revenue data plus employment figures.