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Edenton among 34 N.C. communities selected for Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies program

February 2nd, 2023  · Visitor Economy
Edenton among 34 N.C. communities selected for Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies program

The Town of Edenton is among 34 local governments chosen by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division to participate in the Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies (CORE) program. The CORE program offers strategic planning and technical assistance to help rural communities leverage North Carolina’s abundant outdoor recreation assets to bolster local economic…Read More from Edenton among 34 N.C. communities selected for Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies program

Visit Elizabeth City director Corrina Ruffieux leaving for similar job in Haywood County

January 31st, 2023  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Visit Elizabeth City director Corrina Ruffieux leaving for similar job in Haywood County

Corrina Ruffieux has been hired as the executive director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority in the North Carolina mountains following a national search. She has served in destination executive leadership positions for the last 10 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority. Prior to Visit…Read More from Visit Elizabeth City director Corrina Ruffieux leaving for similar job in Haywood County

Cape Hatteras National Seashore welcomed more than 2.86 million visitors in 2022

January 30th, 2023  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Cape Hatteras National Seashore welcomed more than 2.86 million visitors in 2022

While 2021 was a record-breaking year for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 2022 was a popular year on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as well, with one of the highest numbers of visitors in recent history. Per statistics from the National Park Service, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) received a total of 2,862,844 visitors in…Read More from Cape Hatteras National Seashore welcomed more than 2.86 million visitors in 2022

Online searches of Avon as vacation destination for summer 2023 jump 274 percent

January 26th, 2023  · Visitor Economy
Online searches of Avon as vacation destination for summer 2023 jump 274 percent

The Hatteras Island village of Avon has seen one of the highest increases in online searches in the world as a 2023 summer vacation destination. According to a new report from HomeToGo, the marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, its 2023 Spring/Summer Travel Trends reveals which trends are heating up and how…Read More from Online searches of Avon as vacation destination for summer 2023 jump 274 percent

Over 100 Outer Banks residents participate in pair of town halls on long range visitor economy management plan

January 25th, 2023  · OBX Life  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Over 100 Outer Banks residents participate in pair of town halls on long range visitor economy management plan

More than 100 residents of the Outer Banks turned out for a pair of forums hosted by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau as part of the development of a long range plan for the region’s visitor economy. Statistics show tourism spending in Dare County topped $1.83 billion in 2021, the fourth highest in North Carolina,…Read More from Over 100 Outer Banks residents participate in pair of town halls on long range visitor economy management plan

Vacasa lays off 1,300 nationwide, cuts include some employees on Outer Banks

January 24th, 2023  · BIZ  · Real Estate  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Vacasa lays off 1,300 nationwide, cuts include some employees on Outer Banks

Vacation rental property management company Vacasa, which acquired several Outer Banks rental companies in recent years, has announced it is laying off 1,300 workers nationwide. The total number of cuts made to its staff on the Outer Banks was not yet known Tuesday night, but posts on social media indicate that some local employees were…Read More from Vacasa lays off 1,300 nationwide, cuts include some employees on Outer Banks

Dare County’s gross receipts for occupancy, meals, retail sales average 6 percent increase in 2022

January 24th, 2023  · BIZ  · Food & Drink  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Dare County’s gross receipts for occupancy, meals, retail sales average 6 percent increase in 2022

The Dare County Tourism Board received more positive news in the latest report on gross receipts for hotel room and vacation rental occupancy, meals, and overall retail sales at its first meeting of 2023. While the numbers have remained a few percentage points above the total collected over the last two recording-setting years on the…Read More from Dare County’s gross receipts for occupancy, meals, retail sales average 6 percent increase in 2022

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau hosts resident input meetings Tuesday on Long Range Tourism Management Plan

January 23rd, 2023  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau hosts resident input meetings Tuesday on Long Range Tourism Management Plan

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has been working collaboratively with MMGY NextFactor, a consulting firm specializing in travel and tourism, to develop a Long Range Tourism Management Plan to guide future tourism-related growth and development in Dare County. MMGY NextFactor, with oversight from the Task Force established to support this project, has been conducting interviews…Read More from Outer Banks Visitors Bureau hosts resident input meetings Tuesday on Long Range Tourism Management Plan

Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit with leaders of four statewide business groups on Feb. 23

January 23rd, 2023  · BIZ  · Top Stories  · Visitor Economy
Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit with leaders of four statewide business groups on Feb. 23

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will host its 2023 Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills at 8:00 a.m. This year’s event will feature four panelists: Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; Lynn Minges, President & CEO of…Read More from Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit with leaders of four statewide business groups on Feb. 23

New research shows Americans intend to travel in 2023 despite economic concerns

January 21st, 2023  · BIZ  · Visitor Economy
New research shows Americans intend to travel in 2023 despite economic concerns

Despite concerns about the economy in 2023, new research shows most Americans plan to travel during the upcoming 12 months. Travel Pulse reports  a study by MMGY Travel Intelligence reveals Americans will likely travel even more in 2023 than in 2022. According to the Winter Edition of the Portrait of American Travelers, six in ten American…Read More from New research shows Americans intend to travel in 2023 despite economic concerns

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Visitor Economy February 2nd, 2023

Edenton among 34 N.C. communities selected for Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies program

The Town of Edenton is among 34 local governments chosen by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division to participate in the Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies (CORE) program. The CORE program offers strategic planning and technical assistance to help rural communities leverage North Carolina’s abundant outdoor recreation assets to bolster local economic…Read More from Edenton among 34 N.C. communities selected for Creating Outdoor Recreation Economies program

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Top Stories Visitor Economy January 31st, 2023

Visit Elizabeth City director Corrina Ruffieux leaving for similar job in Haywood County

Corrina Ruffieux has been hired as the executive director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority in the North Carolina mountains following a national search. She has served in destination executive leadership positions for the last 10 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority. Prior to Visit…Read More from Visit Elizabeth City director Corrina Ruffieux leaving for similar job in Haywood County

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Top Stories Visitor Economy January 30th, 2023

Cape Hatteras National Seashore welcomed more than 2.86 million visitors in 2022

While 2021 was a record-breaking year for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 2022 was a popular year on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands as well, with one of the highest numbers of visitors in recent history. Per statistics from the National Park Service, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) received a total of 2,862,844 visitors in…Read More from Cape Hatteras National Seashore welcomed more than 2.86 million visitors in 2022

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Visitor Economy January 26th, 2023

Online searches of Avon as vacation destination for summer 2023 jump 274 percent

The Hatteras Island village of Avon has seen one of the highest increases in online searches in the world as a 2023 summer vacation destination. According to a new report from HomeToGo, the marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, its 2023 Spring/Summer Travel Trends reveals which trends are heating up and how…Read More from Online searches of Avon as vacation destination for summer 2023 jump 274 percent

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OBX Life Top Stories Visitor Economy January 25th, 2023

Over 100 Outer Banks residents participate in pair of town halls on long range visitor economy management plan

More than 100 residents of the Outer Banks turned out for a pair of forums hosted by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau as part of the development of a long range plan for the region’s visitor economy. Statistics show tourism spending in Dare County topped $1.83 billion in 2021, the fourth highest in North Carolina,…Read More from Over 100 Outer Banks residents participate in pair of town halls on long range visitor economy management plan

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Vacasa lays off 1,300 nationwide, cuts include some employees on Outer Banks

Vacation rental property management company Vacasa, which acquired several Outer Banks rental companies in recent years, has announced it is laying off 1,300 workers nationwide. The total number of cuts made to its staff on the Outer Banks was not yet known Tuesday night, but posts on social media indicate that some local employees were…Read More from Vacasa lays off 1,300 nationwide, cuts include some employees on Outer Banks

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Dare County’s gross receipts for occupancy, meals, retail sales average 6 percent increase in 2022

The Dare County Tourism Board received more positive news in the latest report on gross receipts for hotel room and vacation rental occupancy, meals, and overall retail sales at its first meeting of 2023. While the numbers have remained a few percentage points above the total collected over the last two recording-setting years on the…Read More from Dare County’s gross receipts for occupancy, meals, retail sales average 6 percent increase in 2022

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Top Stories Visitor Economy January 23rd, 2023

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau hosts resident input meetings Tuesday on Long Range Tourism Management Plan

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has been working collaboratively with MMGY NextFactor, a consulting firm specializing in travel and tourism, to develop a Long Range Tourism Management Plan to guide future tourism-related growth and development in Dare County. MMGY NextFactor, with oversight from the Task Force established to support this project, has been conducting interviews…Read More from Outer Banks Visitors Bureau hosts resident input meetings Tuesday on Long Range Tourism Management Plan

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BIZ Top Stories Visitor Economy January 23rd, 2023

Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit with leaders of four statewide business groups on Feb. 23

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will host its 2023 Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills at 8:00 a.m. This year’s event will feature four panelists: Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; Lynn Minges, President & CEO of…Read More from Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit with leaders of four statewide business groups on Feb. 23

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BIZ Visitor Economy January 21st, 2023

New research shows Americans intend to travel in 2023 despite economic concerns

Despite concerns about the economy in 2023, new research shows most Americans plan to travel during the upcoming 12 months. Travel Pulse reports  a study by MMGY Travel Intelligence reveals Americans will likely travel even more in 2023 than in 2022. According to the Winter Edition of the Portrait of American Travelers, six in ten American…Read More from New research shows Americans intend to travel in 2023 despite economic concerns