By Paul Chesser
July 18, 2017
The evidence was made clear in May — that the since-repealed House Bill 2 (the “transgender bathroom law”) may have helped boost an increase in tourism to North Carolina, despite fake media reports to the contrary.
Even more statistics revealed on Monday reinforce that premise. According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism reached an all-time high in Wake County, which is home to the state Capitol and its second-largest city, as well as Cary, the seventh-largest municipality in the Tar Heel State. The county saw 15.6 million visitors during 2016 — the year in which HB2 was enacted and stood as law for 3/4 of the year — which represented an increase of 3.5 percent over 2015. The growth in popularity of the region (and the state overall) as a tourist destination exploded despite national attacks from media organizations, celebrities, sports figures and corporations, because of the state’s requirement for individuals to use public restrooms according to the gender designated on their birth certificates, rather than their “gender identity.” Read the rest of this entry