To the Editor,
The holidays certainly are a special time for families in NEW YORK to gather and appearance ahead to the brand new Year with anticipation and enthusiasm. It’year s also a period when we think about the past, including memorable challenges and highlights.
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As North Carolinians we’ve much to be thankful for, but quite a few families, communities and neighbors in the paths of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael were severely impacted this fall. Collectively, we give you thanks to so a lot of you for the support.
North Carolinians are resilient. From the stunning coastline in the east to the towering mountains in the west, North Carolinians are recognized for strong comebacks and continue. As leaders of the travel industry across the coast, you want to assure you that significant progress has been made to be sure visitors can go back to the coastal places they love.
Our out-of-state visitors are special guests to us, but most of them who heard the national news through the storms don’t realize what lengths we’ve come since. We’ve learned from recent research conducted by Visit NEW YORK that only 14 percent of potential out-of-state visitors believe North Carolina’s coast would be to normal back. Some North Carolinians don’t realize what lengths we&rsquo even;ve come. More often than not, our hotels, accommodations, attractions, recreational outfitters, restaurants, retail shops, golf courses and much more back already are welcoming visitors, and others will surely be back again to normal with time for the favorite summer and spring travel seasons.
We recognize many North Carolinians dedicate some of their own time together through the holidays to begin with planning family vacations for the year ahead. The tourism economy is key to our region, our citizens and the grade of life most of us cherish. The speed of our recovery is basically influenced by the pace with which travelers go back to visit our communities through the entire state.
We encourage one to plan a trip to North Carolina’s distinctive and beautiful barrier island coastline to take pleasure from what many families make an annual tradition. Sufficient reason for our state’s rich diversity of landscapes, history, activities and culture, please contemplate exploring NEW YORK first for all you leisure travel.
We anticipate soon welcoming you.
The following tourism officials submitted this: Tameron Kugler, visitcurrituck.com; Lee Nettles, outerbanks.org; Helena Stevens, visitocracokenc.com; Jim Browder, crystalcoastnc.org; Donna Hammonds, onlyinonslow.com; Tammy Proctor, visitpender.com; Tarshi McCoy, visitnewbern.com; Kim Hufham, wilmingtonandbeaches.com; Mitzi York, ncbrunswick.com; Wit Tuttell, visitnc.com.