As the summer travel season gets underway, a new study conducted by students in Western Carolina University’s Hospitality and Tourism Program indicates that stable gasoline prices and improving economic conditions should contribute to an increase in tourism-generated revenue across Western North Carolina.
A key feature of an outdoor tourism conference hosted by Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee was the presentation of customized tourism economic fact sheets.
A regional conference addressing outdoor tourism and recreation presented by Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, featured several speakers stressing that success in attracting visitors results from more than just selling the scenery.
Officials from Western Carolina University and Isothermal Community College recently gathered to sign an articulation agreement designed to ease the transition for ICC students wanting to study in WCU’s newly expanded bachelor’s degree program in hospitality and tourism offered in the Asheville area.
As concerns caused by a temporary gas shortage on the East Coast ease, Steve Morse, economist and director of Western Carolina University’s Hospitality and Tourism Program, is predicting a possible boost in October tourism in Western North Carolina.
A conference at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Nov. 10, will focus on the impact that a healthy downtown district can have on attracting tourists and boosting the economy of the 26 westernmost counties of North Carolina.