But how could they do that without an extra 1% sales tax??
Report shows rise in tourism spending
North Carolina keeps drawing tourists and their disposable dollars despite the recession.
Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday touted a report by the U.S. Travel Association that said visitors spent a record $17 billion in North Carolina last year, up 9 percent from nearly $16 billion in 2009.
The number of visitors also increased to 36.8 million people in 2010, more than 2 percent more than 2009. That made North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country behind California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.
Last year I went to Rockingham for 7 races including the Harley Drags, The ARCA races time 2, 2 Wheelan races and some legends races. I also went to Charlotte for 2 races. I also went to Carolina Beach multiple times as well as Bald Head Island and the Cape Hatteras seashore multiple times. I live here because the weather is a bit nicer but I spend nothing here. I do however spend some money in the Charleston area and this pattern will not likely change. I can remember when MB didn't have to pay MS Dean 140 thousand large to get people to come to a street party but ho hum who cares.........Its cheap to live here