Tourism to spike for Memorial Day weekend in New Bern

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – National Travel and Tourism Week is here and New Bern is among the places people head to see the historical attractions and enjoy fun events.

Businesses are preparing for a busy weekend and a busy summer as more people choose New Bern as their travel destination.

One employee says that recently, they had to make adjustments as foot traffic began increasing.

“Our before [previous store operations], we were not as consistent with getting new things in but now we have to constantly get stuff coming in because there is constant foot traffic and business going on. So it’s more orders, more ice cream, increase in fudge making, and stuff like that,” said Madison Nobles, retail sales at Bear City Fudge and Ice Cream.

Tourism is expected to increase and greatly impact the Craven County economy.

According to a study by Visit North Carolina, $160 million has been spent by domestic and international visitors visiting Craven County in 2021. That number is expected to grow as North Carolina and New Bern continue to grow as a destination hot spot.

One resident says that New Bern has a lot to pull people in.

“The small-town atmosphere and the stores, the quality of the stores and restaurants, that you have here draws people here. I think also because it’s a waterfront town that draws people here. But I do think it’s quite friendly [the people of New Bern],” said New Bern resident John Snellings.

To honor those who serve, on Memorial Day, Tryon Palace is offering free admission to all veterans and military servicemen including their families.

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