“2017 was an incredible year for the Tourism Industry in Duplin County as well as across North Carolina. As we promote Duplin County as a destination and great place to visit, we truly appreciate our hotel, restaurant, and attraction partners as well as small businesses that all work together to create the great visitor experiences and results. We look forward to another strong year of growth ahead.” states Amanda Justice, Director of Duplin County Tourism.
The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 400 in Duplin County.
Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Duplin County was $5.15 million.
State tax revenue generated in Duplin County totaled $2.45 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. About $1.38 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.
“North Carolina is a welcoming state and destination for travelers from across the world, and tourism continues to help drive economic development statewide,” said Secretary Copeland. “Tourism creates jobs and increases state and local tax revenues, growing North Carolina’s economy across all 100 counties.”
These statistics are from the “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2017,” which can be accessed at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.
Visit NC Executive Director Wit Tuttell added: “The continued growth in visitor spending is great for communities across our entire state. North Carolina’s continued position as the sixth most-visited state in the nation with more than 46 million visitors in 2017 reinforces its status as a premier tourism destination.”
Statewide highlights include:
State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending rose 4.2 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2017.
Local tax revenues directly resulting from visitor spending totaled $738.6 million.
The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 225,700 North Carolinians.
CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACTS:
Amanda Justice, Executive Director of Duplin County Tourism