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National Park Service sites draw tourists in NC

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A report from the National Park service shows visitors to its sites at both ends of North Carolina drew visitors who spent a lot of money in 2012. Full story...
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Wilmington City Council voting on new convention center hotel Tuesday

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Public hearing and resolution on purchase and development agreement for sale of land and construction of a privately owned $33.6 million hotel next to the Wilmington Convention Center. As proposed, the hotel would be a full service 186-room Embassy Suites. The city’s agreement with Harmony for the use of the public convention center parking deck will also considered. Full story...
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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Wilmington Adventure Walking Tours

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videoDowntown Wilmington is filled with that old, historic, charm. And there's one man you can turn to to get a great lesson. He's known as the man with the cane. And he's behind the 'Wilmington Adventure Walking Tours.' Full story...
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NC ski resorts make snow as cold weather sets in

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A pre-winter blast of cold weather has led ski resorts in western North Carolina to crank up their snow-making machines and open their slopes. Full story...
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NC tourism official urges planning for travel

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With a federal government shutdown underway, officials in North Carolina are urging people who want to travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the fall foliage to consider making some plans. Full story...
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Boardwalk vendors prepare for the end of tourist season

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video Pleasure Island is one of the regions favorite beaches. Business owners say this summer was a successful one. As the height of the local tourism season comes to an end, local owners are already looking ahead to next year. Full story...
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NASCAR Hall of Fame reports $1.6M loss in FY 2012

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame lost $1.6 million in the fiscal year that ended in June, but tourism officials in Charlotte say they think the museum's financial performance is improving. Full story...
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New Hanover sees big growth in tourism spending

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videoNew Hanover County was among the counties that saw the greatest growth in tourism spending last year, according to the governor's office. State leaders say all of North Carolina's 100 counties saw increases in visitor spending in 2012. Full story...
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Concord firm hired to promote Brunswick Co. tourism

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videoBrunswick County tourism leaders chose a marketing firm from Concord to promote the Brunswick islands. Full story...
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City, county, UNCW want to rebrand area's offerings

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video The City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and UNCW want to join forces along with businesses leaders for a large community partnership that will focus on rebranding the area's economic goals. Full story...
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Four drownings this week have Brunswick Co. visitors on alert

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videoAnother drowning in Brunswick County yesterday brings the total this week to four. Randall Joyce drowned at Holden Beach after getting caught in a rip current with his family. The news has many tourists on edge. Full story...
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Surf City businesses, visitors ready to ride out Andrea

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Tourist season is in full swing with people from all over the country flocking to rental houses and hotels. Despite the change in the weather today, swimmers are still flocking to the beaches determined to make the most out of their vacations. Full story...
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Memorial Day weekend weather doesn't stop beach visitors

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video Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer in Southeastern North Carolina, and with it comes and annual wave of tourists. But did the cooler than usual temperatures freeze out the summer fun? Full story...
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Report shows offshore drilling could be big business, but hurt fishing, tourism

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video Fishing and tourism are two multi-million dollar industries in North Carolina, but Dr. Mike Walden's new study says there could be even more money to be made if the coastline had a slightly different view featuring drilling wells. Full story...
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State conference looks at link between film and tourism industries

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video Tourism is a driving force for North Carolina's economy, and the movie and TV industry is helping fuel that economic engine. Full story...
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