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Workshop Set To Get Input On Management Of Freeman Park

The Town of Carolina Beach will hold a workshop meeting on September 18th, to discuss ways to improve management of Freeman Park including additional rules for camping, litter and other issues.


Carolina Beach Town Council Recognizes 2014 Lifeguards

The Carolina Beach Town Council recognized lifeguards who protected the beach during the 2014 season during their August 12th, meeting.


Police Chief Seeking To Join National Program To Fight Drug Trafficking

(Photo from file: 2013)


Town To Consider Amendment To Allow Dry-Stack Boat Storage


Fifth Positive Rabies Incident of 2014 In New Hanover County


School System Installs New Security Cameras For Access Control


2013 Visitor Impact for New Hanover County

Tourism Spending by Domestic Visitors Increases in New Hanover County and Statewide; New Hanover County Moves Up to Rank #8 in Tourism Expenditures

NEW HANOVER CTY - August 15th, 2014 - Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, announced today that tourism spending by domestic visitors to New Hanover increased in 2013, according to a county-by-county tourism economic impact study released today by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced earlier today that visitor spending rose in 95 of 100 North Carolina Counties during 2013. The “2013 Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties” annual study was prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S Travel Association. The study reveals that in the year 2013 the economic impact from domestic travel in New Hanover County was estimated at $477.68 million, representing a 3.8% increase over revised 2012 revenues. This year New Hanover moves up one position to rank as number 8 among North Carolina's 100 counties in tourism expenditures.
According to the study, in 2013 Travel and Tourism in New Hanover County directly provided more than 5,460 jobs that supported a payroll of $105.41 million. Travel and Tourism in our county also generated $41.84 million in state and local tax receipts. Travel-generated state and local tax revenues saved each New Hanover County resident approximately $196.
“We are pleased to report that tourism spending and direct tourism employment for New Hanover County increased in 2013, setting a new record,” states Kim Hufham. “We are further encouraged that New  Hanover County Room Occupancy Tax [ROT] collections for fiscal year 2013/2014 also confirm record growth. Based on ROT reports July 2013 through June 2014, countywide collections were up 6.95% over prior year, setting a new ROT benchmark for the third consecutive year. When tourism revenues are up it means more jobs and a better quality of life for our local citizens.”
Visitors to hotels, motels and short-term vacation accommodations pay a Room Occupancy Tax (ROT). Portions of that tax are used to fund beach nourishment in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Other portions of the ROT are used for tourism promotion and to fund tourism related events that put more heads on beds in hotels.
Travel and Tourism is an important economic generator that infuses millions of new dollars into our local economy each year. Travel and Tourism is also among the state’s fastest growing industries. In March Governor Pat McCrory announced that domestic and international visitors to and within North Carolina spent a record $20 billion in 2013, an increase of 4% percent from 2012. The study also reveals that state tax receipts, as a result of visitor spending, topped $1 billion.
The New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority d/b/a Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization that stimulates economic development through the promotion of travel and tourism.                         

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