RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - Figures from the state Commerce Department show visitor spending increased in all 100 of North Carolina's counties in 2012.
Data from the department's Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development showed that Mecklenburg, Wake and Guilford Counties had more than $1 billion in visitor spending in 2012. In addition, Dare, Buncombe, Forsyth and Durham Counties all had more than half a billion dollars in spending.
Domestic visitors to and within North Carolina spent a record $19.4 billion in 2012, an increase of 5 percent from 2011. Visitor expenditures directly generated 193,610 jobs and more than $4.3 billion in payroll income within North Carolina in 2012.
The visitor spending figures come from an annual study commissioned by the Division of Tourism and conducted by the U.S. Travel Association.