Visit Charlotte Encourages Charlotte Residents and Visitors Alike to Celebrate National Tourism Week in the Queen City
You think you may know Charlotte, but have you ever been behind the scenes at Lowe’s Motor Speedway? Sat face to face with the Carolina Raptor Center’s birds of prey? Or shook hands with the darling dragon of the Charlotte Knights, Homer? As the number one travel destination of the Carolinas, Charlotte’s changing face continues to offer unbeatable and one-of-a-kind offerings for its residents and visitors alike. Here’s your chance to experience “YOUR” Charlotte during National Tourism Week May 12 -19.
National Tourism Week, commemorated annually since 1983, highlights the powerful cultural, social, and economic benefits of travel through events in cities and towns across the country. To take part in the festivities, Charlotte has a family-friendly social calendar scheduled at the Visitor Info Center on the corner of S. Tryon Street and W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Formerly Visit Charlotte at Main Street, this onestop resource center for all things Charlotte is filled with a knowledgeable and eager staff as well as regional merchandise like crown stamp pottery, stone ground grits, and more. Join in on the fun during this engaging week that celebrates our fair city.
- Monday, May 14: NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will showcase special displays from The Lion King, soon hitting the stage this summer. Learn about the exciting Broadway Lights 2007-2008 schedule including Wicked as well as the theatre’s other countless special events.
- Tuesday, May 15: Zuma Fun Centers will be on hand to show how their miniature golf, go-carts and more can infuse fun into any day.
- Wednesday, May 16: The Billy Graham Library, dedicated to the evangelist who inspired millions around the globe, will give a sneak preview of the many exhibits opening in June.
- Thursday, May 17: Birds of prey will be exhibited courtesy of the Carolina Raptor Center, which has cared for more than 12,000 birds since its inception. Also learn about their environmental and conservation programming.
- Friday, May 18: Get behind-the-scenes perspectives from the ones running the show at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Staff will provide info on the legendary super-speedway and its upcoming events.
- Saturday, May 19: A jam-packed day includes free carriage rides from Southern Breezes and a special appearance by the Charlotte Knights’ lovable dragon, Homer. Richard Petty Driving Experience will showcase NASCAR’s new race car, the “Car of Tomorrow,” while ImaginOn and the Children’s Theatre will bring puppets, props, costumes, and Jingles the Jester. Kids will also be able to decorate their very own Charlotte crown and watch the animated favorite, Cars, in the Visitor Info Center theater at 11:30am.
Activities at the Visitor Info Center will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm throughout the week. A free “Family Fun Survival Packet” filled with helpful hints and coupons on the fun things to see and do in Charlotte this summer will also be available.
Beyond the Visitor Info Center, Visit Charlotte encourages its residents to get out and experience all the Queen City has to offer. From luscious green spaces to cutting-edge attractions to unparalleled culinary experiences, Charlotte is experiencing more than just growth and development as of late. A forward-thinking way of life is benefiting its residents and drawing more than 16.6 million visitors to the region each year. For
more information on the Visitor Info Center, its new look, and the many activities taking place during National Tourism Week, log onto www.visitcharlotte.com.
The mission of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority is to effectively market and promote the region as a successful travel and tourism destination, and to efficiently and prudently manage publicly owned physical and financial assets, resulting in maximum sustainable economic impact and the finest quality of life. Accomplishing this mission requires developing short and long-term integrated strategies for marketing and sales, asset utilization, regional stakeholder coordination and customer satisfaction, as well as appropriate performance measures.