The view from Aqua Restaurant and Spa in Duck.
Maybe it’s something in the water, or something in the air or maybe it’s all the shoulder season promotional activity that has come to the Outer Banks, but it looks as though September was the best September for visitation that we’ve ever had.
The statement does come with a cautionary note, since the numbers we’re reviewing are from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and they report for Dare County only. Currituck County is much slower in reporting visitation numbers.
That being said, the perception that there was a lot of traffic on our roads in September was not our collective imaginations. The northern beaches especially posted very strong growth, with the towns north of Oregon Inlet showing a 10.3% increase over 2013.
What seems to be happening is the cumulative effort of a number of organizations and businesses to create reasons to visit the Outer Banks in the fall are starting to create results.
Is strong visitation in the shoulder seasons here to stay? It’s hard to say. There has been some fluctuation over the past few years, but the overall trend is clearly to sustained growth.
To our Brindley Beach property owners—it would seem there is opportunity here to take advantage of the increased interest in the Outer Banks in September and October. Give us a call and let’s see what we can do together to be more successful.