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Visit Charlotte Encourages Charlotteans and Visitors Alike to Celebrate National Tourism Week in the Queen City

If the current state of the economy has taught us anything, it’s to be resourceful. So if you find yourself tightening the purse strings or clipping coupons, perhaps you’d like to add some affordable entertainment to the mix. During National Tourism Week, May 9 – 12, become a tourist in your own hometown and experience the Queen City like never before. From adrenaline-rushing adventures to mind-blowing museums, it’s the perfect time to rediscover why Charlotte’s got a lot.

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. As the second leading industry in North Carolina, it’s apparent that tourism is big business. Not to mention that tourism and hospitality employs more than 50,000 residents. It’s true that travel trends are changing due to slashed budgets and uncertain discretionary income, but Charlotte still has a lot to offer potential visitors. A forward-thinking way of life is benefiting its residents and drawing more than 18.8 million visitors to the region each year contributing an estimated $3.8 billion generated in annual spending.

Saturday, May 9 (10am – 2pm)
National Tourism Week Celebration: Passport to Charlotte

Charlotte joins in on the National Tourism Week festivities with a fun-filled day on Saturday, May 9 at the Visitor Info Center (the corner of S. Tryon Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard). Area attractions will take to the street with interactive booths and lots of activities for the young ones.

Dora the Explorer will venture out of her Carowinds backyard to bear-hug her biggest fans. Performance Instruction & Training will make pit crew experts out of young recruits. Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours will meander through Fourth Ward’s shady streets. And Reed Gold Mine will demonstrate the phenomenon that ignited the nation’s first Gold Rush. Discovery Place, Levine Museum of the New South, Carolina Raptor Center, the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the many more attractions that enrich our region will also fill the streets with hands-on ways to play. Check out a full list of participants and activities on the second page.

Upon arrival, grab a Charlotte ‘passport’ and navigate your way through these area attractions. One lucky winner will receive a family four-pack to Carowinds, home of the new heart-pounding Carolina Cobra.

Best of all for penny-wise people, admission is free. Matt Harris from 107.9 The Link’s “Matt and Ramona Show” will be broadcasting on-site via a live remote. For more information on the Visitor Info Center and the activities taking place during National Tourism Week, log onto

A line-up of interactive fun includes:

  • A special 107.9 The Link live remote with Matt Harris from “The Matt and Ramona Show”
  • Free Center City carriage rides courtesy of Southern Breezes Carriages
  • Special appearances by the Charlotte Knights’ Homer, Carowinds’ Dora the Explorer, and Mecklenburg Park & Recreation’s Ray
  • Coloring activities featuring Queen Charlotte by The Mint Museums
  • Pit crew instruction and changing a stockcar tire with Performance Instruction & Training (PIT)
  • A spinning prize wheel courtesy of Dave & Buster’s
  • Live reptiles courtesy of The Schiele Museum
  • Hands-on fun courtesy from Discovery Place’s ScienceReach department
  • Costumed interpreters and games by the Charlotte Museum of History
  • A gift basket giveaway from Billy Graham Library
  • A sneak peek into theater performances at NarroWay Theatre and Conference Center
  • A mock campsite courtesy of Mecklenburg Park & Recreation
  • Live birds of prey from the Carolina Raptor Center
  • Panning for gold with Reed Gold Mine
  • Remote control race cars courtesy of Thunderdome Racing
  • Special giveaways from the Afro American Cultural Center
  • And more fun with attractions including the U.S. National Whitewater Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and Levine Museum of the New South!

Visit Charlotte, a division of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, has promoted the Charlotte region for over 25 years as a destination for tourists, a host city for meetings and conventions and a site for sporting events. It employs a staff of approximately 40 that includes satellite sales offices in Chicago and Washington, DC.

Laura Hill

(704) 331-2706