12.21 percent spending increase and tourism employment top all 100 N.C. counties
The economic impact of tourism in Mecklenburg County grew by 12.21 percent in 2010, with visitors pouring $3.7 billion+ into the local economy. Only three out of 100 North Carolina counties saw more than a billion in visitor spending, with Mecklenburg leading the way.
State and local tax revenues from travel to Mecklenburg County totaled $291.88 million, representing a $315.91 tax saving to each county resident.
More than 41,000 people are employed by the tourism industry in Mecklenburg, making it an important economic sector with a measurable impact on our community.
“It’s encouraging to see the Charlotte tourism industry making such positive strides, especially as we’ve experienced occupancy increases for 17 straight months,” says Visit Charlotte Executive Director Mike Butts. “We look forward to anticipating further growth in years to come as we welcome vital events like the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the 100th Anniversary of the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. Critical events and conventions such as these complement our group tour and visitor destination promotion, keeping an influx of visitors coming to the region at a growing pace.”
Statewide, visitor spending increased 9 percent in 2010 to $17 billion, directly generating 183,880 jobs and nearly $4 billion in payroll income. Visitor spending in the state also produced close to $1.5 billion in tax revenue for state and local governments, up 10 percent from 2009.
All data was taken from the study "The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties," available at www.nccommerce.com. This study was prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the US Travel Association.