Did you know that visitor spending in Chapel Hill and Orange County accounts for over $160 million in economic impact ever year? Tourism is a clean business that creates jobs and tax revenue that helps keep our county the amazing place it is. I was appointed to represent the Town Council on the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor's Bureau at the start of this year, and am committed to increasing the economic impact from tourism over this year.
To celebrate the great visitor and tourist attractions in Orange County, I'm headed on a stay-cation over Memorial Day weekend. I'll be packing my bag on Friday and won't return until Monday afternoon, but I'll never be more than 25 miles away from my home. I'm spending Friday night in Carrboro, will be visiting Hillsborough and Northern Orange on Saturday, and will be finishing up in the southern part of heaven on Sunday.
What attractions and businesses should be on my must-see list? Often we overlook amazing attractions and businesses in our own backyard. I've got a couple items on my list that I've embarrassingly never visited (UNC Basketball Museum, Orange County Speedway). Help me set my schedule by posting on the comments to let me know what I need to make sure is on the agenda.
Over the course of the weekend, I'll be blogging on OrangePolitics, and tweeting about my travels with the hashtag #OCStaycation. On Friday I'll be carrying RDUBaton. I hope you'll follow along, and think how you can support and build tourism in our community!