Jan 14, 2021

Some Area Golf Greens See More Green During COVID-19

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 14, 2021

Golf, on the decline in recent years, has seen renewed popularity in the months since COVID-19 limited Americans’ leisure and exercise options. That’s according to several national reports, including a November story for CBS News’ Moneywatch.   “Unlike sports like football, soccer and basketball, hitting the links allows for plenty of social ...

Dec 22, 2020

The Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach has a new owner and will soon be upgraded, according to an announcement Tuesday. Officials with OTO Development of Spartanburg, South Carolina, stated in a news release that the purchase of the Holiday Inn Resort Wilmington E-Wrightsville Beach is the firm's fifth acquisition in three years. The sale price was not ...

Dec 18, 2020

Convention Center Adapts, Looking Forward

By Laura Moore, posted Dec 18, 2020

A venue that offers space for large events with hundreds of people is not exactly the prime business model during a pandemic. That, however, is the situation the Wilmington Convention Center has navigated this year.   With many associations and corporations issuing travel restrictions, conventions and banquets have canceled or rescheduled for next year, leaving the ...

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Maximizing Your Property For Year-Round Guests (Part II)

Posted Dec 19, 2020
In part I of this series we looked at detailed ways you can enhance your vacation or short-term rental properties to appeal to guests year-round.

In today’s highly competitive online marketing environment for any type of travel accommodations, and especially in our area of the Cape Fear with more traditional vacation rentals, it& entire article
Nov 20, 2020

Distant Holidays

By Scott Nunn, posted Nov 20, 2020

It’s beginning to look like, well, no holiday season we’ve ever seen – Santa’s donning a mask, Black Friday is now the whole month of November. Even Wrightsville Beach’s popular Holiday Flotilla has been grounded.   Since it began circulating here last spring (the first local case was reported on Friday the 13th of March) COVID-19 has r ...

Nov 20, 2020

Survey: Visitors Come Back For More

By Laura Moore, posted Nov 20, 2020

It is not news that tourism is an essential part of the local area economy, but the true impact of the tourism and hospitality industry is clearly reflected in the results of the latest Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Visitor Profile and Expendi­ture Research Study.   Ninety-five percent of surveyed visitors to Wilmington and area beaches reported being sa ...

Oct 16, 2020

Wilmington Rail Trail Stays On Track

By Laura Moore, posted Oct 16, 2020

The Wilmington Rail Trail is one step closer to becoming a reality and beginning a chain reaction of projects that could change the landscape for pedestrians, bicyclists and outdoor enthusiasts in the downtown Wilmington area.   “We’re in the home stretch,” Rhonda Bellamy, executive director of The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover Count ...

Sep 18, 2020

Take A Walk To Local Movie Sites In Town Of Burgaw

By Laura Moore, posted Sep 18, 2020

The town of Burgaw might seem a long way from California’s Tinseltown, but it has been a star in its own right as the backdrop to many Hollywood films. Now, movie buffs can visit these locations on their own.   Pender County Tourism announced the launch of Pender County Film Tours with the Hometown Hollywood Film Tour in downtown Burgaw.   The Pender Co ...

Sep 18, 2020

Attractions Get Phase 2.5 Boost

By Laura Moore, posted Sep 18, 2020

Local museums were finally able to reopen after nearly six months of closure as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The news couldn’t come soon enough for many of them.   Two-thirds of the Bellamy Man­sion Museum’s revenue comes from people visiting the landmark, “so this is a huge deal to get people through the front doors,” Bellamy Mansi ...

Sep 18, 2020

Making Room For Outdoor Dining

By Shea Carver, posted Sep 18, 2020

The U.S. is in month six of dealing with a global pandemic. North Carolina is in phase 2.5 of allowing openings of approved businesses.   As a result, many eateries and drinkeries—including distilleries, bottle shops, wineries and breweries (still, no bars)—are expanding outdoor spaces to accommodate more customers and help with increased revenue.   ...

Sep 10, 2020

The tourism and hospitality industry has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Thursday. So the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority dba Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) presented a webinar Thursday to share information on research that has been done to align with focused recovery plans for the n ...

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