Advanced bookings are down for summer rental season, but so far, the Brunswick County islands are down less than 1 percent over last year, according to Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Mitzi York.
The county saw a 3 percent decrease in July 2008 over the previous year, but a 9 percent increase in August.
In September, the struggling economy began to affect travelers even more than before, York said, resulting in decreases during the fall.
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