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by Brian Clarey

MONITORING THE ECONOMIC PULSE OF THE TRIAD

That big-time tourist money

The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced that domestic visitors spent $19.4 billion in our state in 2012, a 5 percent increase from the previous year.

Guilford County saw about $1.5 billion, up 6 percent from last year, placing it behind Mecklenberg and Wake counties, which both saw more than $1 billion last year as well. Forsyth County fared less spectacularly, passing the $500 million mark in tourism spending for 2012.

In a press release, Henru Fourrier, president of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “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.”

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