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
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