governor mccrory visits the outer banks
Thursday’s visit to the Outer Banks by Governor Pat McCrory highlighted the impact tourism–especially Dare County tourism–is having on state revenues. Writing for the Outer Banks Voice, Sam Walker covers the full range of issues that were addressed in the Governor’s visit, including moving forward with a replacement span for the Bonner Bridge and the severe shoaling of Oregon Inlet.
“Standing barefoot on the south shore of Oregon Inlet, Gov. Pat McCrory touted record breaking tourism spending in North Carolina last year and touched on the myriad of issues involving the treacherous waterway.
“The long winter is finally over,” said McCrory to the applause of Dare County officials surrounding the first term Republican from Charlotte at the edge of the old Oregon Inlet Coast Guard station boat basin on Thursday.
A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Travel Association shows North Carolina set a new record in 2013 of $20.2 billion in domestic visitor spending, a 4.1 percent increase over 2012.”