Atlantic Beach, N.C. (WNCT)–While it’s not official, the end of summer is almost here. And as tourists flock to the beach before the summer ends, they’re opening up their wallets, which is good news for local businesses.
North Carolina beach tourism is up by six percent this year according to the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority. That’s thanks in part to good weather and no shark attacks.
“We are seeing more families coming down and taking advantage of lower fuel prices, of a less hectic schedule, and of a better economy,” said Carol Lohr, Executive Director of the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority.
For local business owner Wayne Ryan, this summer is shaping up to be one of his best for business, Highway 58 Bicycles.
“We have about 250 rental bikes, and for like six or seven weeks out of the summer, we basically run out,” Ryan said. “The whole entire island is connected with a way for people to run, bike, or jog without having to be on the main road. That has promoted a ton of more biking.” Ryan said it also helped boost business.
Lohr said part of the allure of our coastal beach is the fact that Carteret County has become a foodie destination.
For now, business owners are looking forward to the final tourism push of the summer as visitors come out for Labor Day weekend.