Tag - Passionate Minds

Why Tourism Matters

Monday, January 14, 2019, 6am by Karen DeSollar

Tourism has a way of feeling secondary to other forms of economic development in a community, maybe because it represents a transient group of people or because some equate tourism with vacations, free sightseeing and off-hours entertainment. It tends to not carry the import that it deserves. But
Last Thurs. at our Annual Meeting, GRCVB, along with hospitality-industry consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), unveiled the results of the Destination Strategic Plan (DSP) to grow tourism in Wake County to more than 21 million visitors annually by 2028. We thank those who attended and heard about

Universal Access and the Arts Day

Monday, July 16, 2018, 7am by Karen DeSollar

One of the visitor service areas that we are talking about more often here at GRCVB is accessibility—making Raleigh and Wake County’s offerings for visitors available to people of all abilities. Julie Brakenbury, CGSP ® , director of services, dealt with the topic in this blog a...
Back in 2015, GRCVB first expanded its promotion of signature experiences for visitors of all types, developing a Things to Do webpage that showcased a curated collection of personal tours and hands-on encounters in Raleigh/Wake County. All these experiences were suited for small groups (e.g.,

Putting It All Together

Friday, June 08, 2018, 8am by Tina Valdecañas

As graduation season comes to an end, thousands of new graduates throughout the region are packing up the knowledge and experience they’ve gained over the last few years and embarking on an adventure to put that wisdom into practice. In a similar vein, the GRCVB, our hospitality partners and...

Backgrounder: Loren J. Gold

Friday, April 27, 2018, 4pm by visitRaleigh

A few months ago, we published a Tourism Talk blog called "Backgrounder: Dennis Edwards," a resumé of sorts about our president and CEO. We are sharing these because we want you to know about the rich professional backgrounds that CVB leaders bring to the county. Today, we're...

2018-2019 Official Visitors Guide

Friday, April 20, 2018, 2pm by Karen DeSollar

The 2018-2019 edition of the Official Visitors Guide to Raleigh, Cary and Wake County has been put to bed (in printer terminology), and we’ll see the first copies for area distribution in May. If you have ever worked on any editorial project, you understand the task at hand. There’s...

Who’s Visiting and Why?

Wednesday, April 04, 2018, 1pm by Tina Valdecañas

Whenever I travel in and out of RDU International Airport, I always wonder who my fellow travelers are— partially from my perspective as someone who works closely with our region’s hospitality industries, and partially as a resident who is just curious to know who is checking out this...
For the second consecutive year, the GRCVB partnered with Wake County Economic Development, the City of Raleigh and Raleigh Convention Center to tell the region’s story at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, March 11–14, 2018. The group exhibited in SXSW’s interactive...