NC Tourism Destinations Feeling the Pain from HB 2
From the mountains to the sea, NC tourism is on the decline thanks to HB 2. Tourism agencies have received numerous cancelations from families who strongly object to the discriminatory law signed by Gov. McCrory. Many of our largest tourism destinations, such as Asheville and the Outer Banks, are becoming concerned about the economic impact of HB2.
Emerald Isle Realty, which manages about 700 vacation homes in the Carteret County beach community, has been keeping tabs on its losses. The company has been hearing from repeat customers who say they won’t be coming this year, and so far it’s added up to 29 nights of rentals and $20,000 in revenue.
Asheville tourism officials, however, have seen the highest volume of negative feedback about the law. That’s not surprising given that the artsy mountain city has long been a mecca for liberals.
“I’ve received emails from 60 individuals who said that they’ve changed their plans to visit Asheville,” said Stephanie Brown, executive director of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.