Visit North Carolina (Visit NC) has announced that domestic visitors to and within Alexander County spent $20,840,000 in 2017, an increase of 4.72 percent from 2016. Alexander County’s percentage increase in visitor spending in 2017 ranked 32nd out of 100 counties.
“We are excited to see continued interest in visiting Alexander County,” said Ronnie Reese, Chairman of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners. “It’s clear that folks are beginning to discover the beauty of Alexander County and our attractions, and they’re spending money at our restaurants and stores. Tourism is definitely an integral part of economic development.”
Alexander County tourism impact highlights for 2017:
• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 120 people in Alexander County.
• Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Alexander County was $3,100,000.
• State tax revenue generated in Alexander County totaled $1,170,000 (an increase of 3.92 percent) through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. About $870,000 (an increase of 6.2 percent) in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.
• Tourism in Alexander County resulted in $52.97 in savings per resident in state and local taxes.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced in May that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2017. The $23.99 billion in total spending represented an increase of 4.2 percent from 2016.
“All eight economic development regions of the state had spending growth of 3 percent or more, and 90 percent of the state’s counties saw direct tourism employment growth from 2016 to 2017,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “Tourism continues to be major driver of economic development across North Carolina, which is the sixth most-visited state in the country.”
Statewide highlights include:
• State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending rose 3.4 percent to more than $1.2 billion in 2017.
• Visitors spend more than $65 million per day in North Carolina. That spending adds $5.38 million per day to state and local tax revenues (about $3.36 million in state taxes and $2.02 million in local taxes).
• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 225,000 North Carolinians.
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.
To stay up-to-date with events and attractions in Alexander County, visit the county’s tourism website at www.VisitAlexanderNC.com. There you’ll find a calendar of events (you can add your own event, too), restaurant listings, attractions, news, and more.