Nov 16, 2018

Wilmington Hotel Completes Renovations

By Sherri Crawford, posted Nov 16, 2018

A Wilmington hotel has undergone an extensive renovation. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington-University Center was redesigned inside and out, over a six-month period. Located at 160 Van Campen Blvd., the 130-room hotel was updated to reflect the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)’s current design. Holiday Inn Express hotels are part of the IHG bra ...

Nov 16, 2018

Tourism Officials Work To Bring Visitors Back

By Sherri Crawford, posted Nov 16, 2018

New Hanover County tourism officials are working to recover the local travel industry, post-Hurricane Florence. As the region continues to recover from the September storm, the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently announced a plan to get the industry back on track. While the plan is multi-faceted, the top priority is shifting perceptio ...

Oct 19, 2018

Tourist Attractions On The Mend

By Sherri Crawford, posted Oct 19, 2018

As recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence continue, several area attractions remain damaged in her wake. Last month’s unwelcome visitor not only left physical marks – from demolished roofs to downed trees – but economic ones as well. Costly repairs, debris cleanup and ongoing construction are among the financial hits plaguing some tourism draws. Then th ...

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Tax Evasion Versus Tax Avoidance

Posted Jul 23, 2018
What is the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance?
One is criminal, and one is not.
To evade paying taxes people have used abusive schemes, transactions and scams to involve tax benefits not allowed by law. The IRS has even provided a complete list of abusive types of tax schemes in Publication 3995. To further complicate matters, they can be entire article
Oct 17, 2018

To Aid Displaced Residents, City Eases Provision On Market Street Hotels

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 17, 2018

More Wilmington hotel rooms could be open for area residents who were displaced by Hurricane Florence. The city of Wilmington recently notified four Market Street hotels, which have been placed under a court order, that it would not seek legal action related to a provision prohibiting the hotels from renting to locals if they take in residents displaced by the storm, ac ...

Oct 11, 2018

As the city deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the good news for the Wilmington Convention Center is that staff members were back in their offices earlier this week, preparing for an event scheduled for Friday.  The bad news is that the center lost more than $370,000 in gross event revenue as a result of the storm, said Fredia Brady, the convention cen ...

Oct 10, 2018

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a Wrightsville Beach landmark for 55 years, announced today it will remain closed at least until the spring of next year because of damages sustained from Hurricane Florence.  “We made the decision following several weeks of analysis and assessments with engineers and experts,” said Mary Baggett, co-owner and operator of th ...

Oct 2, 2018

Now Full Because Of Flo, More Hotel Rooms Could Open Up This Month

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 2, 2018

Rooms for those displaced by Hurricane Florence have been in short supply at Wilmington area hotels and short-term lodgings. More space, however, could open up this month, said Connie Nelson, spokeswoman with the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Overall, the availability has been limited as rooms filled pre-storm with evacuees and relief ...

Sep 21, 2018

State Releases Visitor Spending Data

By Sherri Crawford, posted Sep 21, 2018

Visitor spending increased in Pender County for 2017, with a growth rate that outpaced Brunswick and New Hanover counties, and even the state. The statistics released recently by Visit North Carolina revealed the 5.14 percent increase over 2016.   So how did that spending soar? Pender County officials point to a number of prominent factors including the area’s ...

Sep 21, 2018

Pender Names New Parks And Recreation Director

By Sherri Crawford, posted Sep 21, 2018

Officials in Pender County announced the hiring of a director for the county’s new parks and recreation department.   According to a news release, Doug Shipley of Wilmington will helm the position.   “This is a new director position in Pender County,” said Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff, in the statement. “Mr. Shipley has the s ...

Aug 24, 2018

Interest Driven Travel Continues To Trend

By Sherri Crawford, posted Aug 24, 2018

Theme travel is trending in 2018, and its rise is apparent in the Wilmington area. That’s largely due to the region’s vast offerings as a destination, along with strategic travel-marketing efforts.   “Demographics are blending, so it’s no longer just about targeting age demographics but more about presenting experiences that are available in ...

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