February 2024 occupancy revenue drops from previous year 

By on April 22, 2024

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Overall, 2024 occupancy dollars for January and February down 38%

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Last month, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau reported that January 2024 occupancy and meal collections had dropped 52% and 24% respectively from the January 2023 numbers. Now, newly released February 2024 data show another notable drop in occupancy collections from the previous year.

As announced by Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles on April 22, February 2024 occupancy collections were down 10.67% compared to the February 2023 numbers, making an overall decrease of 37.57% for the first two months of 2024. In dollar terms, occupancy collections for the first two months of 2024 are just under $31 million compared with about $49 million for the first two months of 2023.

The meals collections in February 2024 showed a modest uptick over February 2023 numbers, up 5.27%, which still leaves the year-to-date collections down by 11.68% compared to the previous year. In total, meals collections for the first two months of 2024 came to just over $24 million compared with a little over $27 million for January and February of 2023.

Whether the post-COVID cooling off trend in occupancy collections continues or remains to be seen, and it is early in the year. But when he announced the January 2024 decreases, Nettles noted that they portended a “soft spring” and “that the numbers are cooling off.”

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Just the Weather

    January and February and not months when people reserve houses months in advance. These are months when people from colder places look at the weather forecast for the Outer Banks and see a good forecast and decide on short notice to go to the beach for a week.

    Our weather for January and February 2023 was much better than 2024. February 2023 had 14 days with highs above 60, 9 days with highs above 70, and 1 day that hit 80. February 2023 had 5 days with highs above 60 and only 2 days with highs above 70.

    The meals collections do not fall off as much because the locals make up the difference. The off season is the time of year when we can go out to dinner without crowds and long wait times.

    Monday, Apr 22 @ 11:34 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Just, time will tell whether it’s the weather (see that pun) or something else.

    Monday, Apr 22 @ 12:53 pm
  • Cb

    What ever the weather we will weather the weather weather we like it or not

    Monday, Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice


    Monday, Apr 22 @ 4:10 pm
  • MB

    Just the Weather,

    Great info! Please post this information on some of the Facebook posts. Our visitation is certainly driven by weather, not much sense in visiting the Outer Banks when you can’t be outside.

    Monday, Apr 22 @ 8:27 pm
  • Charles

    March and April look to follow suit. Very quiet on HI, unless you are building something.

    Tuesday, Apr 23 @ 12:13 pm
  • another mom

    We are pricing middle class America out of the vacation housing market. A customer in today said the house he rented in Buxton last year went up $600 this year so they chose to rent in Avon this year for less than they paid last year in Buxton.

    Thursday, Apr 25 @ 5:41 pm
  • Chris

    Bidenomics in full swing.

    Thursday, Apr 25 @ 7:41 pm