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sharks didn’t scare off obx visitors

Summer challenges on the Outer Banks included shark attacks and July 4th falling on a Saturday–but early indications are that it may have been the best yet. Writing for the Outer Banks Sentinel, Neel Keller reports on Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles remarks about the summer of 2015.

Kitty Hawk beach, July 4, 2015. (Photo, Kip Tabb)

Kitty Hawk beach, July 4, 2015. Kip Tabb, photo.

“Even with all the media hoopla, the summer of the sharks doesn’t appear to have done any significant damage to the Outer Banks tourism industry, according to data released by the Visitor’s Bureau on Aug. 27. And while the 2015 visitation numbers were up over the previous summer, that trend over a longer span is more mixed.

Speaking at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Dare County Tourism Board, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles said he was encouraged by strong revenue figures for June and visitation numbers at key sites for July. “It’s been a very busy summer both for me and our travel partners,” he said.”

 

Read the rest of the story on the Outer Banks Sentinel.

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