There were 4,248 visitors to the center from January through April of 2009 and 6,700 visitors during these same months in 2010. That's a tremendous increase and hopefully a sign of a good summer season ahead.
(Vocus) May 5, 2010
Two years ago this month, the Currituck County NC Welcome Center opened its doors to visitors. Since that time, over 78,182 guests have stopped by the facility, which is located on Hwy. 168 in Moyock at the NC/VA state line.
“Since January of this year, walk-in traffic to the center has increased by 58% over last year,” said Diane Nordstrom, Director of Tourism for Currituck County. “There were 4,248 visitors to the center from January through April of 2009 and 6,700 visitors during these same months in 2010. That’s a tremendous increase and hopefully a sign of a good summer season ahead,” she said.
The Welcome Center supplies a wealth of information to visitors. Brochures in the center highlight accommodations, shopping, dining, attractions and activities available to tourists on the mainland and at the beach. Space to display brochures is offered free of charge to tourism-related businesses located in Currituck County.
Expanded restrooms and a picnic area are new additions to the Welcome Center, which is funded by occupancy tax, the lodging tax paid by vacationers when they stay overnight in hotels, inns and vacation rental homes.
A celebration for National Travel & Tourism Week will be held at both the Currituck County Welcome Center in Moyock and the Visitor’s Center in Corolla on May 8-16. During this week, displays showcasing local tourism-related businesses and samples of their merchandise will be on exhibit. Refreshments will be available, and visitors and local citizens who come to the centers during the week will receive a gift.
“This will be a great opportunity for our businesses to gain additional exposure to the tourists and locals,” said Nordstrom. “ We anticipate having at least 1,700 visitors in the two centers during this week.”
The MORE Card program was introduced this year by the Tourism Department as a way to further promote local businesses. The MORE Card is a free discount card available to visitors through the information centers as well as downloadable on the Currituck tourism website, http://www.VisitCurrituck.com. It offers valuable discounts accepted at participating businesses, including shopping, dining, lodging, and attractions.
Businesses wanting to participate in National Tourism Week or the MORE Card program can contact Michele Ellis or call the Welcome Center at 252-435-2938.