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2016 Visitor Spending Rises for Jackson County, N.C.

JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (August 23, 2017) – Visit North Carolina recently announced that domestic visitors to and within Jackson County spent $188.24 million in 2016, an increase of 7 percent from 2015, making it the third largest percentage growth in tourism spending in the state for the last year. “We are extremely pleased to hear the visitor impact numbers from 2016,” said Nick Breedlove, Director of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. “Along with a healthy market last year, I am very proud of the team who contributed to this 7-percent growth in tourism spending. Our Tourism Development Authority, Chambers of Commerce, advertising and public relations agencies, restaurants, accommodation owners and our State Tourism Office (VisitNC) all played a significant role in bringing in visitors and accelerating the growth.” “The great natural resources of Jackson County’s mountains, hiking, fly fishing and outdoor activities used to be the best kept secret in western North Carolina,” said Dr. Steve Morse, Western Carolina University Professor of Hospitality and Tourism. “With some creative and strategic marketing of the area by Tourism Director Nick Breedlove, more and more people are discovering all the many outdoor activities and cultural events to do in this quiet mountain area. Tourism is vital to the Jackson County economy, and these new economic impact numbers prove how important tourism is to the region. As a result of tourist spending in Jackson County, each of the 26,949 households pay $711 less a year in state and local taxes.” Tourism impact highlights […]