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Our State Magazine: Saxapahaw Small Place, Big Fun

June 27, 2018 12:50 PM

Our State Magazine featured Saxapahw in the July 2018 issue.
Click the link below to see the article and photos.

We Live Here_Downtown Photo Essay


Tourism Development Authority 2019 Board Meeting Dates

June 7, 2018 2:13 PM

Tourism Development Authority 2019 Board Meeting Schedule

January 23, 2019
February 27, 2019
March 27, 2019
April 24, 2019
May 22, 2019
June 26, 2019
July 24, 2019
August 28, 2019
September 25, 2019
October 23, 2019
November 20, 2019
December 18, 2019

All board meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and are held at the Visitors Bureau office
200 S. Main Street, Downtown Burlington. Unless otherwise informed.




The Country Inn and Suites by Radisson in Burlington North Carolina received the winner of the Radisson President’s Award by the Radisson Hotel Group

March 27, 2018 3:35 PM

On February the 27th, The Country Inn and Suites by Radisson in Burlington North Carolina received the winner of the Radisson President’s Award by the Radisson Hotel Group for demonstrating outstanding level of enthusiasm and dedication to guest services. This is the 10th consecutive year that the Radisson Hotel in Burlington has won the award.

The Radisson President’s Award recognizes hotels that have consistently provided exceptional guest satisfaction, maintained excellent quality performance review scores, and focused on product improvement.

“We are honored and pleased to be recognized with the Radisson President’s Award once again,” says Cara Cunningham, General Manager of the Burlington Country Suites by Radisson. “By implementing Radisson’s “I Love This Country” philosophy, we take care of our guests and our veterans and ensure they have a memorable stay with us.”

“Receiving this prestigious award 10 years in a row is a testament to the great work our Burlington team is doing to make sure our guests receive the best service,” says Deven Patel, owner of Narsi Properties. “All of us at Narsi Properties are proud of their achievements.”

The Radisson Hotel Group and President Ken Green will recognize the best of the best among our brands and announced the 2017 President’s Award winners, all of whom consistently made a positive impact for our guests, our communities, and our company.

These hotels — along with each individual hotel employee — are vital to the continued success of the Radisson brands. The Country Inn and Suites by Radisson in Burlington/Elon was 1 of 4 hotels in the state of North Carolina named to the list

Winners will be announced and celebrated during the opening night awards celebration on April 2 at the 2018 Americas Business Conference in Orlando, Florida.


For more information contact:
Kathleen Dukeshire – Director of Sales


American Pickers to film in North Carolina

February 22, 2018 12:48 PM

161 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10013  USA
T: 212 F: 212 206 1179

55 Broad Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY, 10004 USA
T: 212 206 0461
F: 646 873 6512

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in North Carolina
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to North Carolina! They plan to
film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout your area.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique
‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the
business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find
sizeable, unique collections or accumulations and learn the interesting stories behind them.
As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and
rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable
and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life,
while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.
Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to
discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and
hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to
explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or
accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking
through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with
photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.
facebook: @GotAPick
AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Mondays at 9pm EST on History.


ACC Preps to Host Hundreds for National Competition at Graham Campus

February 12, 2018 10:17 AM

Media Release Public Information and Marketing Office
Ed Williams, director
Jon Young, staff writer

February 8, 2018
PHOTO OPPS: Media are invited to cover this national competition. Specific agendas will be available soon.

ACC Preps to Host Hundreds for National Competition at Graham Campus
Come next month—March 12-17 to be exact–the Alamance Community College main campus will be overrun by more than one thousand horticulture students and professionals from across the United States in what is certain to provide the Graham-based school—and Alamance County–national recognition.

Alamance Community College and its Horticulture Technology Department were named as the host site for the 2018 National Collegiate Landscape Competition, sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Awarding a community college the host duties is a rare occurrence in the annals of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Since 1977, only four community colleges have served as host site and in most of those occasions the community college was in a large metropolitan arena. Recent competitions took place at Auburn University and Colorado State University.

“Being selected as the host for this event is the culmination of a dream that started when we attended our first national competition event back in 2004,” said Justin Snyder, Dean of Industrial Technologies and former Department Head for ACC’s Horticulture Technology program. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our program, college and community. For a few days we will be the center of the horticulture industry.”

Bringing this national event to the ACC campus is expected to be a significant marketing and public relations opportunity—as well as an economic boost to Alamance County. Each year, the competition draws an average of 1,100 attendees, most of them students from about 65 universities and colleges across the U.S. The competition—along with a job fair and workshops—attracts major media attention. Area hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets are expected to receive a boost from the event.

The agenda for this annual event–in the hands of Snyder and Horticulture Department Head Dr. Elizabeth Riley–includes scheduling a day of workshops led by industry professionals, a career fair featuring more than 100 top landscape companies from across the U.S., and hundreds of participants pitting their horticulture skills in numerous competitions.

ACC Horticulture students have historically done very well at this competition. In 2014, ACC earned more points in competition than any other community college and came away with its highest overall finish among all the schools.

“We are more than excited to host this national event that will bring almost 1,500 individuals from across the United States to our campus and county,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “It is a tribute to the College and to ACC’s award-winning Horticulture Technology program that the National Association of Landscape Professionals wants to bring their most visible annual event to our campus.”




Reflections of Elegance: Kenneth Paul Block and the Masters of Fashion Illustration

February 9, 2018 10:09 AM

Contact: Janet Andrews, Wooten Endowment Coordinator
Alamance Arts Council
213 S. Main Street
Graham, NC 27253


Alamance Arts at the Captain James and Emma Holt White House in downtown Graham, North Carolina will present Reflections of Elegance: Kenneth Paul Block and the Masters of Fashion Illustration, a stunning exhibition of original works by the most influential American fashion illustrator of the late 20th century. Curated by the Kenneth Paul Block Foundation, which is holder of the most extensive archive of Block’s artwork, the exhibition will open free to the public August 16 and continue through October 20, 2018.

In the words of designer Isaac Mizrahi “more than any single designer, Kenneth Block gave New York fashion its sophistication.” In a time when photography captured the art of fashion, Kenneth Paul Block opted instead to use pencils and paint to interpret its soul. The exhibit at Alamance Arts presents Block as a renowned creator and influencer to fashion illustrators, both old and new. Borrowing from Block’s extensive personal collection of drawings by other important fashion illustrators, the viewer will see Block’s illustrations mirrored in works by historic masters and reflected in the new generation.

Kenneth Paul Block (1924 -2009) was born in Larchmont, New York. He graduated from Parson’s School of Design, and in the mid-1950’s, he became chief features artist for the legendary trade paper, Women’s Wear Daily. He would remain there for more than 40 years. In addition to that position, he held long-term commissions as an illustrator for Bonwit Teller, Bergdorf Goodman and Lord and Taylor. Each drawing he produced was incisive and daring. Gesture, posture and elegance were his hallmark. At fashion shows, collection previews and Paris couture, Block sketched the works of designers like Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Andre Courreges, Pierre Cardin, Hubert de Givenchy, Alix Gres and Coco Chanel. As fashion changed direction, Block kept abreast and to a large degree began to influence the very designers’ work that he sketched.

Reflections of Elegance: Kenneth Paul Block and the Masters of Fashion Illustration will be exhibited at the historic Captain White House, 213 S. Main Street, Graham, NC (Exit 147, Interstate 85/40). Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm. For more information: 336-226-4495 or


Burlington/Alamance Co. CVB 2018 Tourism Reimbursement Grant Program

February 7, 2018 8:20 AM

The Alamance County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) established the annual Tourism Reimbursement Grant Program in July 1998.  The Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) administers the program.
The objective of the program is in place to stimulate the economic growth of tourism expenditures within Alamance County.  The program is provided to assist any tourism related organization or project, which will enhance, promote and market Alamance County as a travel and tourism destination.  The program seeks to assist in initiating such activities, which could not have been accomplished without this special funding.

Funding decisions are awarded based on the following:  1) the applicant’s ability and intent to attract visitors; 2) the impact of the funds on the success of the overall project; and (3) the successful completion and results of past projects.  The CVB, with the direction and advice of the TDA, will review the applications, and of those applications considered, will require a presentation to be made for final approval.

At the current time, a total of $25,000 is available for distribution with a maximum of $5,000 for each application.  Although having merit, a project may be written for a two-year grant cycle for a total of $10,000 (receiving funds in two installments), or $10,000 could be awarded based on availability of one year funds.

Grant applications will be distributed during the month of February.  Applications must be completed and received by the designated date.  All applicants will receive notification by date noted below of the final decisions.  Grant money will be distributed at the completion of the project or item requested, after presentation of receipts for reimbursement no sooner than 20 days after the approval notification.   The project must be completed and money distributed by the deadline unless the administrator has approved an extension.

Any Alamance County or regional organization that plans, promotes, or operates any Alamance County tourism related event, attraction, or activity that is open to the general public, and is visitor/tourism friendly, is eligible.  If an organization has an outstanding grant project, they forfeit the opportunity to apply until said project is complete.

February 1, 2018Applications will be posted on the website.
March 15, 2018 – Deadline to receive application.
March 28, 2018 – Application review by the Tourism Development Authority.
April 25, 2018 – Applicant presentations.
May 1, 2018 – Recipients notified.

The last day to submit paid invoices for reimbursement, without jeopardizing the following year’s grant, must be completed within 12 months of the award.


  1. Projects must be tourism related and are awarded based on the significant amount or potential amount of tourism business generated for Alamance County.
  1. Primary consideration is given to projects that are: promotional in nature, intended to increase the impact to the area, have the ability to attract visitors on a continuing basis, and designed to enhance Alamance County as a travel destination.
  1. If the organization is publishing or producing a printed piece, neither the CVB nor the TDA should be listed within the publication without prior permission. In addition, if funding is for brochure production, monies awarded will be limited to the development and first printing of the brochure and not subsequent printings or printing of existing brochures.
  1. Before funds are disbursed, recipients must submit a project Accountability Form and copies of paid receipts within 30 days after completion of project. You will only receive funds for the amount that is shown by receipts; total amount granted is not automatically guaranteed only receipt amounts.  The reimbursement must be paid directly to the organization that applied for the grant.
  1. Projects must meet the specifications of the accepted application and all guidelines followed or funds may be jeopardized.
  1. Funds will not be granted for normal and routine operating and administrative expenses of the organization applying. Routine operating expenses include postage, phone charges, shipping, salaries, etc.
  1. The CVB reserves the right to inspect the grant recipient’s records to ensure compliance with program guidelines and accuracy of financial reporting.
  1. A signed copy of these guidelines must accompany application, please retain a copy for your records and mail or deliver by deadline (no faxes accepted).

Please sign and date here, return with the application and retain a copy for your records.

I _______________________________ (name), representing____________________________ (organization) have read the following guidelines for the Annual Tourism Grant.  I agree to abide by these guidelines with the understanding that the CVB reserves the right to cancel the award if these guidelines are not followed.  All decisions made by the TDA Board are final.                Date _____________________________

All Inquiries and Applications Should Be Directed to Grace VandeVisser
Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 519, Burlington, NC 27216-0519    Phone:  336-570-1444


2016 Visitor Impact for Alamance County

September 12, 2017 10:13 AM

County Spending by Domestic Visitors Increases by 4.63% Percent to $179.84 million.

BURLINGTON, N.C.  September 1, 2017 – Visit North Carolina announced today that domestic visitors to and within Alamance County spent $179.84 million in 2016, an increase of 4.63% from 2015.

“We are pleased with the growth in tourism spending in the county and across the state. Visitors, and locals alike, are out enjoying our assets. We look forward to continuing our work alongside our partners to market and provide outstanding experiences.” stated by Grace VandeVisser, Executive Director of the Burlington/Alamance County Visitors Bureau.

Tourism impact highlights for 2016

  • The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 1,400 in Alamance County.
  • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Alamance County was $29.55 million.
  • State tax revenue generated in Alamance County totaled $10.66 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. About $3.13 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.

Governor Roy Cooper announced in May that visitors to North Carolina set a record for spending in 2016. The $22.9 Billion in total spending represented an increase of 4.4 percent from 2015.

These statistics are from the “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2016,” which can be accessed at The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.

“All eight economic development regions of the state had spending growth of 3 percent or more, and 96 percent of the state’s counties saw direct tourism employment growth from 2015 to 2016,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “Tourism continues to be major driver of economic development across North Carolina, which is the sixth most-visited state in the country.”

Statewide highlights include:

  • State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending rose 5.1 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2016.
  • Visitors spend more than $62 million per day in North Carolina. That spending adds more than $5.1 million per day to state and local tax revenues (about $3.2 million in state taxes and $1.9 million in local taxes).
  • The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 219,000 North Carolinians.
  • Each North Carolina household saves $497 in state and local taxes as a direct result of visitor spending in the state.

CONTACT:   Grace VandeVisser, Executive Director


SportsEvents Announces Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

December 1, 2016 4:59 PM

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Rezell, Executive Editor, SportsEvents
December 1, 2016

SportsEvents Announces Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

GULF SHORES, Ala.SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau as one of its 2017 Readers’ Choice Award winners.

Winners will be announced in the January 2017 issue of SportsEvents.

Sports event professionals were asked to nominate destinations and sports venues that they believe display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host.

Nominations were received from readers throughout the year, and the top picks were selected based on results from an online voting system.

SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them. Our team is proud to honor the nominees that received the most votes with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award,” said John Rezell, SportsEvents executive editors.

“It is clear, based on our readers’ experiences, that these award winners are willing to go above and beyond typical service levels to help sports event planners produce outstanding events that participants, their families and spectators will want to experience again and again. It is our privilege to announce their selection by sports event planners as among the best in the United States.”

A downloadable, high-res Readers’ Choice Award logo is available at

About SportsEvents Media Group
SportsEvents Media Group, publisher of SportsEvents magazine, is the industry leader in providing products and services designed to connect sports events organizers with sports commissions, CVBs, hotels, insurance companies and other sports events industry suppliers.
The sports events industry’s only true multi-media company unites sports event buyers and suppliers with the leading monthly magazine (SportsEvents), online (, through social media, and with face-to-face conferences and trade shows—S.P.O.R.T.S. – The Relationship Conference.
About Covey Communications Corp.
Founded and owned by J. Talty O’Connor, Covey Communications Corp. is a multimedia company that publishes nationally distributed magazines for targeted markets. In addition to SportsEvents Magazine and its ancillary titles, Covey Communications Corp. also publishes ConventionSouth, the leading publication and website in the United States for meeting and convention planners who book events in the South; Condo Owner, serving the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast; and Crossties, an internationally known railroad industry publication.


Name the Trails Contest now taking Submissions

November 22, 2016 4:39 PM

Burlington Recreation and Parks is excited to announce the completion new way finding signs, maps, trail blazes and a trail head kiosk at Town and Country Nature Park. The project has been funded through a generous grant from Impact Alamance. Impact Alamance is part of the Cone Health Network and has as its mission to strategically invest in our community for hope, health and prosperity. The grant was funded because it was identified as a key strategy in the county’s Wellness Collaborative to increase access to trails in Alamance County.

The trails at Town and Country Nature Park include two loop trails and a linear trail that connects the park to one of the Haw River Trail paddle accesses. The park consists of about 1.5 miles of trail that meander through the forest and along the Haw River.

Now is the chance for you to be involved in this exciting time at Town and Country Nature Park by participating in the Name the Trails Contest.  The winners will receive a Burlington Recreation and Parks “RKRE8” t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to visit Town and Country Nature Park to hike the trails prior to submitting your trail name suggestions.

Participation rules and guidelines are as follows:

–          Suggested names may be submitted either:

o   Via web:

o   Via U.S. Mail:
Name the Trails Contest
Burlington Recreation and Parks
PO Box 1358
Burlington, NC 27216

All submissions submitted by U.S. Mail must contain the suggested names for each trail, date of submission, and the name, address, and telephone number of the entrant.

o   In-person at the Recreation and Parks administrative office located at: 1333 Overbrook Rd. Burlington, NC 27215

–        Suggested names must be submitted on or before December 21, 2016 for consideration.

–          Suggested names must meet the following requirements:

o   Must not be more than two (2) words, excluding the word “trail”

o   Must not be the name of a person

o   Must not be vulgar in name, meaning, or suggestion

Entries will be reviewed by the Burlington Recreation and Parks staff for final determination of the trail names. The names will be announced on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. If more than one entry is received for the selected name, the entry first received will be considered the winner.  This contest does not create a requirement that any of the names submitted are selected.  In the event no acceptable name is submitted, the contest will end without a winner selected.  Visit us at for more information.