• As NC visitor spending surges, Mecklenburg County leads the way

    By: Jen Wilson, Charlotte Business Journal


    MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - With its rugged mountains and coastal retreats, perhaps it should come as no surprise that visitor spending in North Carolina continues to grow — but it’s the state’s largest metro that’s drawing the most dollars, according to figures recently released by Visit North Carolina.

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    Statewide spending by domestic visitors rose to a record $25.3 billion in 2018, marking a 5.6% increase from the previous year.

    While that growth was reflected across all of the state’s 100 counties, Mecklenburg County led the way with nearly $5.7 billion. Wake County ranked No. 2 with roughly $2.4 billion, followed by Guilford County at $1.5 billion.

    The tourism industry in Mecklenburg alone directly employs 53,300 workers, generating a $2.2 billion payroll.

    Read more here and check out photos of some of the county’s top attractions.

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