Visitor spending in Guilford County up 6 percent from 2011

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Officials with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced Tuesday that domestic visitors spend $1,159.15 billion in Guilford County in 2012 — an increase of 6.05 percent from 2011.

“Guilford County continues to rank third in the state in travel and tourism expenditures, with $1,159.15 billion generated in 2012,” said Henri Fourrier, President of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Travel-related jobs employ a broad and diverse group including airline and hotel employees, restaurants and attractions and here in Guilford County we employ over 12,000 people.”

Officials with the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau say the travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 12,190 people in Guilford County. The total payroll generated by the industry in 2012 was $275.36 million.

An estimated $25.88 million of the $58.66 million in state tax revenue generated in Guilford County is the result of travel-generated and travel-supported businesses, officials said.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced in May that visitors to North Carolina spent a record $19.4 billion in 2012, an increase of 5.4 percent from 2011.

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