RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Whereas the return of flagship occasions has introduced hundreds of holiday makers again to Raleigh, tourism specialists say the town received’t see pre-pandemic tourism ranges till enterprise journey returns.
Main occasions that had been canceled or moved on-line final 12 months are lastly making a comeback.
1000’s of individuals are actually pouring into the North Carolina State Honest and earlier this month, bluegrass lovers lined 5 metropolis blocks in Raleigh for the Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation Pageant.
Loren Gold, govt vice chairman for Go to Raleigh, stated the town received’t hit pre-pandemic tourism numbers with vacationers or one-time occasions alone.
“Leisure does make up our combine nevertheless it’s most likely a few third of our whole combine,” Gold stated.
With extra firms taking operations on-line, Gold stated it’s enterprise journey that has been sluggish to make a comeback in giant cities like Raleigh.
“Enterprise journey took an enormous spike downward as a result of firms weren’t sending their individuals on the street,” Gold stated.
Counties with the state’s largest cities noticed among the greatest dips in customer spending final 12 months. Wake County guests spent greater than 42 p.c much less in 2020 than 2019.
Nonetheless, the newest knowledge from Go to Raleigh exhibits meals and beverage tax income is up 36 p.c from final 12 months and lodge occupancy can be up by 48 p.c.
“They’re all up, it’s only a matter of getting again to pre-pandemic, 2019 ranges,” Gold stated.