Charlotte Stride & Ride program spotlights tourism with free guided tours for visitors and locals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 8, 2013) – As part of the U.S. Travel Association’s 30th annual National Travel & Tourism Week, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) and Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) are offering Charlotte Stride & Ride tours for local residents May 9-11 in Uptown Charlotte. These unique tours let locals be a tourist in their own town while showcasing the integral role tourism plays in the Charlotte region.
Charlotte Ride & Stride is offering a series of nearly 30 walking, biking, carriage and Segway tours focused on the arts, culture, diversity and heritage of Charlotte. These free guided tours are led by community leaders, enthusiasts, artists and business owners who know the city best. Fifteen tour themes are available through Charlotte Stride & Ride including a special Homeland Tour that highlights key locations featured in the Emmy®-winning Showtime TV series. Tours are available Thursday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m.
Tourism in Charlotte wouldn't be possible without the support of residents, local government, business owners and travelers. National Travel & Tourism Week is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through collaborative initiatives like the Charlotte Stride & Ride program in communities across the U.S. The goal is to celebrate the benefits of travel in the community and to recognize the positive cultural, social and economic impact created by travel and tourism.
According to “The Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties,” a study prepared for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S. Travel Association, travel and tourism in the Charlotte region generates a critical $4.1 billion in direct tourism spending, supports more than 43,200 jobs in Mecklenburg County, and generates $302 million in local tax revenue, which represents a $319.87 tax savings for each county resident.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel and tourism generated $2 trillion in economic output for the U.S. economy in 2012 and supported more than 14.6 million jobs across the nation. Direct spending by domestic and international travelers averaged $2.3 billion a day.
For more information and to register for a Charlotte Stride & Ride tour, visit charlottestrideandride.eventbrite.com. For additional information about National Travel & Tourism Week, visit ustravel.org.
About Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to ensure the visitors and events that choose Charlotte have a positive experience. Our responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities, which include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. CRVA’s mission seeks to leverage its hospitality marketing and management expertise to maximize the impact of the Charlotte region’s economy, creating opportunities and jobs for the community.charlottesgotalot.com
About Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP)
Charlotte’s Center City envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. Our goal is a viable, livable, memorable, and sustainable, with modern infrastructure, a tapestry of unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses. charlottecentercity.org