CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The governor wants to recruit more recurring events to the state to help with the tourism industry, but at the same time has said he is reconsidering the tax incentives offered to woo Hollywood productions.
NBC Charlotte spoke with Governor Pat McCrory at the annual North Carolina tourism conference that was held in Charlotte on Monday. Almost 600 people from around the state were there.
Among them was Richard Petty. The NASCAR great was honored for his work in helping bring guests in to town. He says people don’t realize just how much money NASCAR helps bring to the state. He also pointed out just how much North Carolina has to offer.
“We got a little bit of everything here, we got the ocean, we got the in between and we got the mountains, anything you want anywhere else, North Carolina's got it.”
That's actually one of the reasons so many Hollywood productions come to town, but that part of the economic impact of tourism is in danger as the state considers messing with the tax incentives these productions get.
“There will be some revisions to it; the question is how much, but there’s no doubt the films are very important. The question is how much should the incentives be? From zero to whatever the number might be,” McCrory said.
Instead the governor says he wants to focus on bringing more recurring events, like last week's CIAA tournament.
“The CIAA, the races, the football and basketball games, the arts and crafts, those are the events that have long term sustainability and a long term economic impact on jobs in North Carolina,” he said.