Charlotte tourism chief optimistic about recovery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — National Travel and Tourism Week provides a handy excuse to check in on the local tourism industry — an idea embraced by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Few, if any, parts of the national or local economy have suffered more than hotels, restaurants, bars and other people-intensive businesses, for obvious reasons. Fourteen months of Covid-19 brought mandatory capacity and travel limits as well as ongoing consumer hesitancy.

With declining trends of infection, hospitalization and death and rising vaccination rates — 50% of North Carolinians are at least partially vaccinated — more and more people are ready to get out of the house. Or at least start planning to get out of the house.

“I’m pretty excited about the recovery we’re starting to witness,” visitors authority CEO Tom Murray told CBJ. “Particularly on the leisure travel side. We’re starting to see (hotel) occupancies get back to pretty strong levels.”

Read the full story here for a snapshot of how the industry is rebounding.

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