Spring in Orange County, NC. A Visitors Bureau update
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Written by Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
Friday, April 07, 2017 06:15 PM

April 2017 News update
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
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1. Orange County featured on WRAL Out and About
The April 2017 edition of Out and About TV, a monthly TV series inspired by the popular WRAL website, airs Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. on WRAL. The feature will provide a snapshot of fun things to do in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough with ideas for hotel options, dining, hiking, music and loafing in the popular Triangle college town.

2. New York LGBT Travel Blogger’s First NC Visit
YouTube personality and a dedicated voice to the LGBT community, Arielle Scarcella, who is known for her main channel Arielleishamming which had accumulated over 500,000 subscribers by September 2016, made her first visit to Chapel Hill and Orange, NC in April, interviewing former Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and current Carrboro Mayor, Lydia Lavelle, about the impact of HB2. Arielle’s goal was to help shed a light on the real Orange County to her 500,000 YouTube followers. “I am surprised at how diverse this area really is,” said Arielle, http://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/arielle-scarcella.html

3. Al’s Burgers Featured in OUR STATE Magazine
It’s official, Al is a star. Al’s Burgers was featured in the April 2017 issue of Our State magazine, inside back cover. Since 1933, Our State: Celebrating North Carolina has been the premier statewide magazine. From the mountains to the coast, Our State features North Carolina travel, food, history, people, and places. Tens of thousands of readers are passionate about North Carolina and treasure our state as a connection to the place they call home or the place they long to be. Go Al.

4. AC Hotel by Marriott to Open in August, Part of Rosemary Street Renaissance AC Hotels by Marriott hotels reflect the souls of the cities in which they reside. They offer a unique combination of quality, timeless European design, comfort and true authenticity. It's a whole new way to travel. Stylish Hotels for Urban Spirits, a new way to connect to the city. Chapel Hill is making plans to welcome AC by Marriott by with events throughout the fall with local hospitality industry officials. Check out the website. General Manager, Andrew Strickland, former General Manager with Residence by Marriott in Chapel Hill confirms that the AC Hotel is a new concept for the area, specializing in European foods, entertainment and a new level of hospitality.

5. National Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) Here in May
The 2017 NATJA Conference & Marketplace will take place May 16 - 19 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau is putting together an itinerary that will showcase the rich history, culture, diversity and gastronomy in the towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) is one of the largest professional associations of travel writers, photographers, editors, bloggers and tourism professionals dedicated to the highest quality of journalism excellence in promoting travel and leisure activities to the general public.

6. What Every Author Needs to Know about Working with a Publishing House: A Forum at the 2017 NATJA Conference & Marketplace.
Why do so many of us who live in this day of 140-character tweets still want to write a book? The answer varies. But regardless of the success of any book, most authors agree that publishing a book cannot be done successfully without the "middlemen," or the publishing house that helps assure publication, editing, distribution and promotion. At this year's NATJA Conference & Marketplace in Chapel Hill, NC participants will learn about these middlemen that bring on the revenues and audiences. UNC Press and several authors, including Daniel Wallace, Georgann Eubanks, Sherri Castle and D.G. Martin will lead a panel discussion.

7. Visitors Center’s 501 W. Franklin Street Digs Part of 2nd Friday Artwalks
Downtown Carrboro and downtown Chapel Hill have revitalized 2nd Friday Artwalks and if you head downtown April 14th, you’ll see hundreds of visitors lining the streets, enjoying art, food trucks and music, along with special tours and giveaways. Check-out the Visitors Center, Friday night, April 14, when Kendal Brown exhibits and the Visitors Center gives away free Carolina Blue glasses to celebrate the 2017 Tar Heel Championship win.

8. Feasibility Study Looks at Expanded Conference Space and Sports Fields
Conventions, Sports and Leisure International (CSL) was engaged by Chapel Hill / Orange County Visitors Bureau to study the feasibility of potential new public assembly facility or other visitor-oriented development for the purpose of driving new tourism, hotel room nights and economic impact to Orange County. Phase I of the study presented the option of both indoor and outdoor sporting facilities for tournaments, meets/competitions, games, practices, camps/clinics, etc. A final analysis and recommendation will be presented in June to the board of directors.

9. Visitors Bureau Director to Speak at Mountains-to-Sea Trail Conference in Elkin
The Mountains to Sea Trail conference takes place, Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th celebrating the 2nd-Biennial conference focused on how trail communities and trail leaders can work together to make the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) great for hikers and for the counties and towns the trail goes through. The conference will be a place to learn about how long-distance trails like the MST benefit communities and share ideas. Laurie Paolicelli, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau and Mark Shore, Marketing Director for VisitNC, will lead an idea generating session to spark creative ways in which communities can market and promote their town’s portion of the trails.

10. Growth: 1811 hotel rooms in Orange County! 8,562 rooms in Durham County
As the hospitality and tourism industry continues to grow, both Orange County and Durham County have seen a spike in new hotels. Developers find tourism in the area to be a smart investment considering the top grade universities, healthcare, climate and numerous things to see and do. “In Orange County we are definitely seeing a rise in people wanting to hold their wedding, sporting event, reunion and corporate meeting in our area,” said Laurie Paolicelli, director of the Visitors Bureau. Both Durham and Orange County tourism bureaus are working hard to keep hotel rooms full and visitors engaged in cultural and community events. Tourism matters.