N.C. ranks 12th in TIA survey

RALEIGH -- Domestic travelers spent $10.8 billion in North Carolina in 1998, a 6.3% increase over the previous year.

According to an annual study prepared by Travel Industry Association of America, North Carolina ranked 12th among U.S. states and the District of Columbia in direct domestic travel spending.

The study uses tourism expenditures, payroll, employment and state and local tax receipts to compile the results.

Travel-related workers earned almost $3.5 billion in payroll income, accounting for 187,000 full-time jobs.

As spending by domestic travelers increased, a 28% decrease was seen in international travel spending, which was at $450 million.

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