NATIONAL TRAVEL AND Tourism Week is May 2-10 this year, and Carteret County is, once again, rolling out the proverbial red carpet for guests and visitors.
“We always marvel at the creativity of tourism officials – putting two Saturdays and two Sundays into the same week – but you cannot argue with success,” said Mary Carlyle Brown of Realty World First Coast Realty in Atlantic Beach and a member of the Board of Directors of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s theme for Tourism Week, as selected by the US Travel Association, is: “Travel is (fill in the blank).”
One obvious choice for the Crystal Coast is: “Travel is US!”
Brown notes this is a perfectly logical slogan, because “essentially every business in Carteret County benefits from the infusion of tourism dollars into local communities.”
If you have other ideas to fill in the blank, send them on to the chamber via email at email@example.com.
North Carolina ranks as the sixth-most-visited state in the nation, and domestic visitors and travelers spend nearly $21 billion in tourism-related expenditures each year. As a result, travel and tourism ranks as the third largest industry in North Carolina and directly employs more than 206,700 North Carolinians, with a payroll exceeding $4.8 billion.
Carteret County ranks 13th among the 100 counties in North Carolina in terms of annual travel and tourism expenditures by visitors, with a direct economic impact of nearly $303 million, representing a 7.4 percent increase over the previous year.
Carteret County’s tourism businesses employ approximately 3,060 citizens with an annual payroll of nearly $53 million.
“So, we can also celebrate ‘Travel is Jobs,’” Brown said.
It makes good business sense for the chamber to fully embrace the efforts of the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority and the Crystal Coast Hospitality Association to help market the Crystal Coast as ‘America’s Recreation Destination.’
“During the spring months,” Brown said, “our focus at the chamber is to instill in every citizen and second home owner the importance of extending a ‘Hand of Hospitality’ to each and every visitor, guest and tourist we encounter … thanking all of them for staying with us during National Tourism Week and all year-round.
The Chamber’s 2015 Business Directory & Visitors Guide is available free of charge. Pick up a copy at chamber headquarters, 801 Arendell St., Morehead City. Open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.
The publication’s theme is: “The Crystal Coast: From A to Z.”
What truly makes Carteret County North Carolina’s “preferred business address” is the natural environment and water, water everywhere. We want tourists and part-time residents to enjoy the view and get immersed in the heritage and culture, by taking it all in with an A to Z perspective.
Twenty-two professional and amateur photographers contributed hundreds of color images, and 78 A to Z photographs were selected to fit into the 24-page Visitors Guide section.