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Discounts help NC tourism areas as spending drops

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CHARLOTTE — Many North Carolina attractions say discounts helped keep them afloat this summer.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that most destinations expect declines in revenue this summer to be less than in 2008, because of aggressive marketing.

The Explore Asheville Web site to offer deeply discounted hotel rooms and packages. Marla Tambellini with the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau said the declines in tourism numbers this year were smaller than 2008.

The Mile High Kite Festival in Beech Mountain offered free kites to the first 200 children Sunday.

Rain hurt the coast during the Labor Day weekend.

Overall, hotels, motels and campgrounds on the Outer Banks had an increase in occupancy. But weeklong cottage rentals were down in Dare County, a reflection of people taking shorter trips.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Many North Carolina attractions say discounts helped keep them afloat this summer.

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