Visitor spending explodes for Craven County tourism, locals reap benefits


It was tough sledding to continue tourism efforts across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and while some may have struggled to bring in visitors, Craven County tourism doubled down as a whole.

That bet has now paid off to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

Statistics were recently released from the Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties in 2021. The data showed Craven County saw an overall increase of 39.6% when it came to domestic and international visitor spending from the year prior.

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That increase brought an overall economic impact of $160 million last year to New Bern and Craven County.

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