Tourism report showcases visitor range 

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Cooper Nester, 14, and Jake Nester, 18, on vacation from Mount Airy discuss making a purchase at Herring’s Outdoor Sports in Surf City on a recent visit to the area. According to a report released by the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development on 2013 travel trends in the state, just over 30 percent of all overnight visitors who traveled to destinations across North Carolina were from in-state.

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Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 01:32 PM.

The North Carolina coast is a popular destination for visitors from states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but a majority of the visitors who come to enjoy the beach or take in the festivals and attractions come from other parts of the state.

According to a report released by the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development on 2013 travel trends in the state, just over 30 percent of all overnight visitors who traveled to destinations across North Carolina were from in-state.

The percentage increases to 40 percent for the coastal region.

But that’s not a surprise to Onslow County Tourism Director Theresa Carter.

The numbers may vary, but the trend is the same in other regions of North Carolina and in other states: when families head out on vacation, they are often traveling to see friends or family, who in many cases live within the same state borders.

“If you take two or three vacations a year, probably two of those three will be for a family function or to see someone you know,” Carter said.

In Onslow County, the beaches are a big draw, but the military connection is the top attraction as families travel to the area to visit those stationed here and for send-offs and homecomings before and after deployments.



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