PENDER COUNTY – Visitors to and within Pender County spent $105.76 million in 2019, an increase of 4 percent from 2018.
“Tourism is the second leading industry behind agriculture in Pender County,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director. “The increase to $105.76 in visitor spending is a record high.”
Proctor added, especially in the first quarter of 2019, the community was rebuilding from Hurricane Florence and many beach rentals and motels were still under construction. To achieve an increase was significant for the Pender County Tourism industry.
The data released Sept. 1, outlines that the tourism industry employs more than 860 people in Pender County with a total payroll of more than $19.5 million.
State tax revenue generated by visitor spending in Pender county totaled $5.01 million. About $7.31 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.
“Good tourism is economic development in Pender County as more people discover our region as a great place to live, work, and play,” said Proctor.
Domestic visitor spending increased statewide. The $26.7 billion in total spending represented an increase of 5.6 percent from 2018.
Visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2019. The $26.7 billion in total spending
The data documenting the 2018 domestic visitor spending impact comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. The study was prepared by the U.S. Travel Association.