Feb 19, 2021

During Pandemic, State Parks Fill Up

By Laura Moore, posted Feb 19, 2021

People, parks and a pandemic made a strong combination for North Carolina state parks last year, with a record number of visi­tors taking advantage of the outdoor attractions.     Carolina Beach State Park, whose popularity was growing before COVID-19 hit, saw droves of visitors coming by land and sea.     According to an N.C. Department of Natu ...

Feb 16, 2021

The room occupancy tax total in New Hanover County fell 14.5% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to local tourism officials. That’s a decrease from about $15.5 million in 2019 to $13.2 million last year. Accommodations in New Hanover County, including hotels, motels, inns, room rentals, tourist camps or other short-term rentals, are subject to the county& ...

Feb 5, 2021

Wilmington Hotel Gets $3.5M Makeover

By Cece Nunn, posted Feb 5, 2021

A midtown Wilmington hotel near New Hanover Regional Medical Center recently underwent a $3.5 million renovation. Crews gutted, then refurbished, all of the 120 rooms at the Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park, 2320 S. 17th St. They also added a bar, renovated the hallways and bathrooms and expanded the fitness center, said general manager Ericka Hall. A Hilton ...

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Mike Harrington
Carolina Retreats

The Big Three: Occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR

Posted Feb 22, 2021
The key to optimizing a vacation rental property's performance? It’s all about understanding the Big Three: Occupancy, Average Daily Rate, and Revenue Per Available Rental Night.

Identifying trends in these three key performance indicators – and their relationship to each other – can help you maximize revenue throughout the year. entire article
Jan 28, 2021

Many travelers seem to be itching for adventure, a tourism industry expert told local officials Thursday. Data shows that excitement about traveling is at its highest level since the beginning of the pandemic, said Kimberly Vince-Cruz, vice president of tourism market research firm Destination Analysts. According to Vince-Cruz, 56.7 % of those surveyed are open to tr ...

Jan 22, 2021

Boutique Hotel Responds To Pandemic

By Laura Moore, posted Jan 22, 2021

The first year of business is the most tenuous, no matter what, but add a pandemic to that year, and it becomes even more tricky. But if your business model gives your customers what they desire during such times, then you just keep on keeping on. That is what The Hive, a boutique hotel in downtown Wilmington, plans to do in 2021.   Kaylie O’Connor, one of the ...

Jan 14, 2021

Some Area Golf Greens See More Green During COVID-19

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 14, 2021

Golf, on the decline in recent years, has seen renewed popularity in the months since COVID-19 limited Americans’ leisure and exercise options. That’s according to several national reports, including a November story for CBS News’ Moneywatch.   “Unlike sports like football, soccer and basketball, hitting the links allows for plenty of social ...

Dec 22, 2020

The Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach has a new owner and will soon be upgraded, according to an announcement Tuesday. Officials with OTO Development of Spartanburg, South Carolina, stated in a news release that the purchase of the Holiday Inn Resort Wilmington E-Wrightsville Beach is the firm's fifth acquisition in three years. The sale price was not ...

Dec 18, 2020

Convention Center Adapts, Looking Forward

By Laura Moore, posted Dec 18, 2020

A venue that offers space for large events with hundreds of people is not exactly the prime business model during a pandemic. That, however, is the situation the Wilmington Convention Center has navigated this year.   With many associations and corporations issuing travel restrictions, conventions and banquets have canceled or rescheduled for next year, leaving the ...

Nov 20, 2020

Distant Holidays

By Scott Nunn, posted Nov 20, 2020

It’s beginning to look like, well, no holiday season we’ve ever seen – Santa’s donning a mask, Black Friday is now the whole month of November. Even Wrightsville Beach’s popular Holiday Flotilla has been grounded.   Since it began circulating here last spring (the first local case was reported on Friday the 13th of March) COVID-19 has r ...

Nov 20, 2020

Survey: Visitors Come Back For More

By Laura Moore, posted Nov 20, 2020

It is not news that tourism is an essential part of the local area economy, but the true impact of the tourism and hospitality industry is clearly reflected in the results of the latest Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Visitor Profile and Expendi­ture Research Study.   Ninety-five percent of surveyed visitors to Wilmington and area beaches reported being sa ...

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