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Tourism spending rises in county

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Visit North Carolina announced today domestic visitors to and within Halifax County spent $96.95 million in 2017.

That represents an increase of 5.56 percent from 2016, said Lori Medlin, president and CEO of the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We are delighted with the success of the tourism industry this past year,” said Percilla West, manager of the Hampton Inn and chairperson of the HCVB. “We are grateful for the leadership and marketing support the Halifax County CVB gives to our industry.”

State tax revenue generated in Halifax County totaled $6.01 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income.

About $2.39 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.

The statistics are from the Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2017 study.  The visitor spending study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.

Visit NC Executive Director Wit Tuttell said, "The continued growth in visitor spending is great for communities across our entire state. North Carolina's continued position as the sixth most-visited state in the nation with more than 46 million visitors in 2017 reinforces its status as a premier tourism destination."

“We are so grateful for the tremendous success of the tourism industry in Halifax County,” said Medlin. “Our partners in the industry work hard every day to make our guests feel welcome.  From servers in our restaurants to front desk team members at our hotels, from associates in our retail establishments to the folks who run our attractions, we all work together to make tourism a success in Halifax County.”

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