Mar 17, 2023

Brunswick Rides Wave Of Tourism Boost

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Mar 17, 2023

This spring, new TV advertisements for Brunswick County’s island beaches will run in markets across the mid-Atlantic region, including cities as far away as Philadelphia. It’s the first time the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s TV marketing efforts have cast such a wide net, a move enabled by an influx of funds over the past couple of y ...

Mar 15, 2023

New Fort Fisher Facilities On The Rise

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Mar 15, 2023

At Fort Fisher State Historic Site, a new foundation is being laid that will allow the facility to tell a richer story of the area’s role in history.   Bordeaux Construction crews are currently at work on a concrete foundation for the site’s new visitor center, the first step in a multi-phase project that will also erect new facilities for the Underwater ...

Mar 3, 2023

Music Venues Lure Bigger Acts, Crowds

By Laura Moore, posted Mar 3, 2023

Wilmington’s entertainment venues are attracting bigger acts, putting the city on the map for major headliners and the crowds that follow.   With the Wilmington City Council’s approval, Live Nation, which manages the city-owned Live Oak Bank Pavilion, has expanded to 30 shows a year, up from 20 previously.  At the city’s Hugh Morton A ...

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Hey ChatGPT, How Can AI Help my Business?

Posted Mar 17, 2023
We have been hearing about artificial intelligence (AI) for years, but with the onset (controversy?) about ChatGPT, AI has made the headlines once again. In fact, if you search online for the term “ChatGPT” you receive 596 million results in 0.55 seconds. This is especially noteworthy because “ChatGPT” did not exist until November 2022 – 5 months ago as of this entire article
Mar 2, 2023

With New Report, ILM Outlines Plan For Future Growth

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Mar 2, 2023

Coming off the heels of a record-breaking year of growth at Wilmington International Airport, officials on Thursday shared a vision plan for the next five years, which includes $165 million in capital improvements to bring the facilities up to par with passenger numbers.   With six new nonstop routes and two new airlines announced last year, plus larger aircraf ...

Feb 22, 2023

Thousands of visitors will travel to the Wilmington area this weekend for the 13th annual Novant Health Wilmington Marathon.   With three races, the events, directed by Without Limits, are set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Wilmington Marathon and other similar races – including the Battleship NC Half Marathon in November, also organized by Witho ...

Feb 17, 2023

Wilmington’s Riverwalk snagged seventh place in this year’s competition to name the nation’s top riverfront destination.   Best Riverwalk is one of the contests organized by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, which highlight top attractions based on votes from readers. In 2014, Wilmington’s Riverwalk earned the No. 1 spot, ...

Feb 17, 2023

Food Tourism Satiates Hunger For Novelty

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Feb 17, 2023

For Ian and Kristi Balding, inspiration struck during a vacation in the Bahamas. The couple was drawn to outdoor adventures while on vacation, and during this trip, they booked an experience where the captain aboard a chartered boat caught fish, transported guests to an island and cooked the fresh catch over a bonfire. “It just felt like adventure,” Krist ...

Feb 13, 2023

Fresh off the heels of a record-breaking year for Wilmington’s tourism industry, a new marketing campaign by the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau aims to build on the momentum by attracting new travelers to the area this season.   The effort is funded with additional money in the organization’s budget, a result of the best-ever colle ...

Jan 20, 2023

Local, State Efforts Target Service Sector

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Jan 20, 2023

Trying to keep Wilmington’s Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub locations staffed feels like a scene in a movie for owner Ray Worrell.  Specifically, it reminds him of the scene in Avengers: Infinity War, where half of the world’s population disappears. Worrell described a process of interviewing and hiring applicants who never show up for their first day ...

Jan 19, 2023

ILM Tallies Record Passengers In 2022

By Miriah Hamrick, posted Jan 19, 2023

2022 was the best year on record for Wilmington International Airport with 1,086,245 total passengers.   Airport director Jeff Bourk attributed the strong performance to legacy carriers utilizing larger aircraft as well as the addition of low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines, which brought four new nonstop routes to ILM in 2022.   “We’re very pleased w ...

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