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Outlook on summer tourism in the area

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A summer vacation is a valued commodity, and Americans are reluctant to give it up. In order to save money on gas vacationers are staying closer to home during the July 4th holiday week. The Cape Fear coast is considered to be a destination for people who live within 200 miles. July 4th falling on a Friday this year is proving to be a boost for the busiest holiday weekend of the year. Kim Hufham, Cape Fear Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "July 4th is undoubtedly our busiest weekend of the year. The numbers are looking good. We don't have the numbers in yet for the 4th yet, but so far from the indications we've heard from the hotels and restaurants, that we've talked to along with advance bookings, as well as walkup and advance bookings we're looking at a really great weekend." On a typical holiday weekend waterfront properties tend to fill up first. So, there is a better chance of finding last minute accommodations inland, or at a budget hotel. WWAY called around to a few. The Hilton Riverside in Wilmington, the Marriott in Carolina Beach, and the Holiday Inn Sunspree in Wrightsville Beach, all expect to be at capacity this weekend. A positive economic twist for a change.

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