Governor honors NASCAR legend Richard Petty and others for tourism
Each received the Winner’s Circle award, a special tourism award given annually since 2004.
"We congratulate this year’s recipients for their lasting impact on tourism in the state," said Gov. McCrory. "Tourism is such an important economic driver for us, and it’s visionaries like these who have helped develop all the diverse and unique attractions we enjoy in North Carolina. Tourism is an industry that touches every county in North Carolina."
Gov. McCrory participated in the Winner’s Circle Awards luncheon in Charlotte as part of the three day Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The state’s largest gathering of the tourism industry brings together nearly 500 leaders from resorts, attractions, destination marketing organizations, hotels/motels, real estate rental companies, restaurants and retail outlets to learn about the latest trends and issues facing the travel industry. Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development.
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Horace Holden, Aurelia Kennedy and Payson Kennedy founded Nantahala Outdoor Center in 1972, the year the movie Deliverance was released and whitewater kayaking debuted as an Olympic sport. Before long, the Atlanta natives had turned their visionary venture into one of the world’s premier guide services, inspiring a generation of outdoor adventurers and producing more than 20 Olympic athletes, including Horace Holden Jr. Fueled by ideals and a passion for the river, the enterprise grew to include treks on the Nantahala and six other rivers, a paddling school, kayak tours,
chaussure giuseppe zanotti homme pas cher, fly fishing, hiking, a zipline adventure park, bike rentals, retail and, just a stone’s throw from the Appalachian Trail, the River’s End Restaurant, which Aurelia Kennedy nurtured as a destination in its own right. In 2005, Payson Kennedy earned a spot in the first class of the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. The trio’s labor of love reached new heights with the NOC’s successful bid to host the ICF Freestyle World Championship in the Nantahala Gorge in September 2013, and coming in 2015, the IFC Wildwater Canoeing Junior World Championships.
Ron Kimble, Charlotte Deputy City Manager, has been a force in establishing new signatures of Queen City tourism. Kimble, whose responsibilities encompass hospitality and tourism, economic development, redevelopment and intergovernmental relations, joined the city staff in 2000, while Governor Pat McCrory was mayor. Kimble has led initiatives including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Levine Center for the Arts, AAA Baseball, the US National Whitewater Center and the NC Music Factory. Most recently he helped negotiate to bring the 2014 Triple A National Championship Game to BB Ballpark,
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Leigh Hines, founder of the HinesSight Blog and Luxury Travel Editor for Skimbaco Lifestyle, knows the best places to eat and stay in North Carolina, her home state. As a mom to two young children,
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