North Carolina Addresses Tourism Future
Close to 500 people from all over North Carolina are converging on Raleigh's Convention Center this week for the Governor's Conference on Hospitality and Tourism.
The conference gives people in tourism-related businesses a chance to see how others are handling the economy, and help each other map out a plan, according to mync.com.
This week's convention is being held in conjunction with the state's Restaurant and Lodging Association convention across the street. Organizers say they wanted to make it easy for folks to make it to both, and save a second trip if possible.
Many people are trying to reign in spending due to a weak economy, and that often hurts the tourism industry.
In North Carolina, that industry translates into a lot of money every year.
According to the state's Department of Commerce, more than 190,000 people are employed in tourism-related jobs.
Visitors spent a record $16.5 billion in North Carolina in 2007; that was a 7% jump from the year before.
Experts are not expecting to see a jump like that again this year, but they are trying to soften the blow.