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Cabarrus Vistor Spending Continued to Break Records in 2013

Aug 19, 2014 09:00AM ● By Jason Huddle

Photo courtesy of the Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau -

CONCORD -  Domestic tourism in Cabarrus County generated an economic impact of $371.87 million in 2013, an increase of 2.5 percent  from 2012. Cabarrus County ranks 12th in travel impact among North Carolina’s 100 counties.

“Visitor spending is critical to the vitality of our local economy,” said Donna Carpenter, President/CEO of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “If not for state and local taxes generated by tourism in Cabarrus County, each household would pay $424 more in taxes. The economic contribution of tourism also creates jobs and sustains income for residents which enhances quality of life and makes this area attractive to economic development opportunities.”

Some of the  highlights of Cabarrus County tourism impact in 2013 included more than 3,980 jobs were directly attributable to travel and tourism, tourism-generated payroll totaled $80.08 million and  state and local tax revenues from travel to Cabarrus County amounted to $27.36 million.

In North Carolina, domestic visitors spent a record $20 billion in 2013, an increase of 4 percent from the previous year. State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending topped $1 billion in 2013, and local tax revenues directly resulting from visitor spending totaled more than $601 million. Visitor expenditures directly supported 198,270 jobs and generated more than $4.6 billion in payroll income across North Carolina. Visitor spending increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in 2013.

Visitor spending figures come from an annual study commissioned by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association. Click here for more information about the travel impact numbers.

Learn more about how visitors positively impact our community and the role of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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