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Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau Summit Showcases Tourism Industry’s Impact on Local Economy

Provided by Iredell Free News, Brandy Templeton, on June 29, 2022 —

The Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted its first Tourism Summit on Wednesday. Business owners and civic leaders gathered at the civic center to learn more about Statesville’s tourism industry.

Representatives of Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Lake Norman State Park, the Rescue Ranch, and Southern Distilling Company shared information about how these attractions bring visitors to the area.

Since being formed in 1999, the SCVB has encouraged travelers to visit Statesville through funding from the City of Statesville’s occupancy taxes, which are paid by patrons of local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and Airbnbs.

Currently, Statesville has 22 lodging properties with 1,771 hotel rooms, with an annual 55 percent occupancy rate.

“Here recently there have been no rooms at the inn in Statesville on most weekends,” SCVB Executive Director Cindy Sutton said.

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