Dec 14, 2018

Storm Still Hitting Beach Bookings

By Sherri Crawford, posted Dec 14, 2018

With the 2018 holiday season in full swing, nearly a third of Wrightsville Beach’s hotel rooms remain unavailable for booking because of damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Two of the island’s three major resorts were forced to close for repairs after the storm, which made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 14. Both the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, ...

Dec 14, 2018

Cape Fear Museum Gets Smithsonian Affiliation

By Sherri Crawford, posted Dec 14, 2018

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science has received a coveted designation. The museum, 814 Market St. in Wilmington, is now one of only seven organizations in the state to obtain a Smithsonian affiliation. The affiliate program establishes long-term relationships with museums, education institutions and cultural organizations to facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artif ...

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 ...

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Should You Quit Renting and Try Home Ownership?  

Posted Dec 17, 2018
With the increasing popularity of HGTV shows and beautiful decorating Instagram pictures, many people dream about fixing up their place to make it the home of their dreams.
Making big (and sometimes even small) changes can be a hassle to negotiate with a landlord. Is it time to start thinking about home ownership?
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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 ...

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 ...

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