We don't mean to brag. Okay, maybe a little.
....Kim thinks we’re contagious.
....April is now an all-star concierge who no longer wants to run and hide when guests ask for help!
....Andrew and Vicki feel like they’ve found a home.
We’re proud to be ranked 12th in travel impact among North Carolina’s 100 counties, and visitor stories like these are our key to cracking the Top 10.
“Connecting with Cabarrus County CVB during Travel Media Showcase facilitated the opportunity to get an in-depth view of where racing lives and so much more. The relationship created during Travel Media Showcase between Cabarrus County CVB and I assisted in developing the precise list of local destinations specific to the demographic of my community of readers. Julie and her team were instrumental in creating a targeted itinerary of local businesses for my visit. Cabarrus County CVB's expertise provided essential information to assist in creating content that enabled me to highlight the many unique, family friendly destinations that position Cabarrus County as the premiere destination for family travel in North Carolina.
Marla Zickefoose, Blogger, JustMarla.com
“In 2015, I met representatives of Cabarrus County at the Travel Media Showcase event in Bloomington, Indiana. My interview with them convinced me that this was a place that would make a fantastic travel piece for a major publication. Subsequently, I visited Cabarrus County and wrote a long form article for Popular Mechanics entitled "The Fastest County in the USA."
My experience working with CCCVB was excellent. Their hard work provided me access to key places and people, and I was able to put together a piece that I feel got to the "racing heart" of this wonderful and interesting place. Thanks to them partnering with me on this major writing project.”
William Gurstelle, WilliamGurstelle.com
Meeting Julie of the Visit Cabarrus CVB at Travel Media Showcase was one of the best appointments I had during TMS. Julie has been extremely helpful in arranging introductions with travel and tourism partners in Cabarrus County that have resulted in published stories on the county’s racing attractions, the sport of drag racing and even two hotel reviews for two different clients. In addition, for a cover story assignment on a NASCAR driver, Julie quickly connected me with the appropriate PR team to facilitate interviews. She also has provided photographs and additional information upon request with a quick turnaround, something every freelance writer appreciates. Julie and the entire Visit Cabarrus team are one of the best CVBs I’ve worked with (and I have worked with a lot), and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to connect with them at TMS.
Karon Warren/Freelance writer, ThisGirlTravels.com
"Just got back from dinner at Rocky River Grille. Had a fantastic day, beyond my fondest hopes. The close proximity of the shops allowed me to get them all in. The Speedway experience was more than worthwhile and perhaps most importantly, we have been hugely impressed by Cabarrus County! Trying to put this all into words will be tough as I have several story ideas, more than I planned on. I will keep in touch and you informed of them. Thank you again for all your assistance and guidance.
Richard Russell, www.AutoFile.ca
In a joint effort to influence the Southwest Deer Study to select Cabarrus County, [CVB Staff] decided to call Evin Stanford, meeting planner, to assure him that transportation would be a smooth process for the conference attendees. Knowing that he was considering several locations including Charlotte, [CVB Staff] begin to sell him on our transportation sponsorship and other services [CVB] could offer his group. Evin, stated that the transportation was his only concern and after speaking to [CVB], he felt confident it would be a fairly easy process. He also went on to say the following, “I’m already sold on the area due to Mr. Green [CVB Travel Counselor]. I met him over the weekend and he is a true advocate for the area. I came into the visitor center to receive general information on the area, and I left thinking this place (Concord) could work for our 2016 meeting.”
Evin Stanford/Meeting Planner, Southwest Deer Study
I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for hosting us during our stay in North Carolina and for showing us your beautiful region, the Speedway, the Gem Theater, The Depot and so much more! The dinner at The Speedway Club was a wonderful conclusion to our tour.
We had a great time and especially my son loved all the NASCAR stuff I brought him!
Best regards from Germany,
Christine Hobler, Fremdenverkehrsbüro North Carolina ℅ Wiechmann Tourism Service GmbH
Thank you so much for the welcome packet that was waiting for us at the Great Wolf Lodge at check in. We really enjoyed our weekend in Charlotte and Concord! Thank you so much for the opportunity. Looking forward to working with you again.
Melissa Vera/Blogger, Adventures of a Frugal Mom
[Speedway Club], you guys have hospitality nailed there in Concord. The reception was lovely, the food delicious and the ability to take a ride in a pace car was over the top. Once again thank you for being such a gracious host.
[CVB Staff], Cabarrus County has it all, friendly folks, great dining, wonderful hotels, great attractions and above all the most hospitable tourism professionals that I have met anywhere in my 20 years in tourism.
Karen Primeaux, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission
"I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful Southern hospitality that you extended to me and my wife during the Ford Mustang 50th birthday celebration at the Charlotte motor speedway and the Hilton. Your information and always cheerful smile was awesome. Even when we were greeted with torrential rainfall.
Once again a warm thank you from Ohio!"
Phil & Cathy Rohr
"I wanted to tell you all how impressed Richard and I were with your organization. The hospitality, professionalism and sincerity that we experienced from everyone on your team was seen, felt and appreciated. I have a personal call in to Bill Hardman to give him an update on our weekend. I'm sure you would be just as great at your job with or without a degree from the STS Marketing College, but you certainly give their program credibility.
My current positions and working in Atlanta, limit the opportunities for me to affect engagement with your team, but I will certainly tell my network that they need to consider a business or personal trip to see "where racing lives." Kudos to all. You represent your city well."
Doug Benson, OpenSpan
"Thank You so much for the awesome experience Saturday night! I can’t believe it was my first race ever, but what a great introduction it was. I loved learning about all the personal stories and angles, and I look forward to staying in touch and working with you to tell others about what’s happening in Cabarrus County."
Leah Hughes/Freelance Writer/Editor, Charlotte Magazine
"First off thanks for getting me that Mustang poster and waiting until I worked my way thru the crowd to get it. Linda and I were really impressed with the hospitality shown by everyone in the area. We now hope to revisit Charlotte for a NASCAR race as soon as possible. You mentioned that you may have another poster or two available. If you do I have good spots for them to be displayed. As I mentioned one of my Mustang friends had to cancel the trip due to a very ill grandfather."
John Brantmeier, Appleton, WI
"Thank You so much for the wonderful day spent touring Cabarrus County. Jennifer and Roger were such a delight! I love how many of the people showing off Cabarrus County are natives. Your passion for what you do clearly shows, and I look forward to staying in touch."
Leah Hughes/Freelance Writer/Editor, Charlotte Magazine
"I just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done to help me stay informed about Cabarrus County events. I couldn’t have put together the Concord story for Charlotte magazine without you. The tourism breakfast was a great event; I appreciated the invitation. Best of luck with all the events coming up."
Leah Hughes/Freelance Writer/Editor, Charlotte Magazine
"Thanks so much for your time and hospitality a few weeks ago when we blew through Concord! What fun your destination is. And our day at Zmax?? Forget it! FABULOUS! Yes, we are hooked! Thanks so much for everything!"
Beth Gargan/Public Relations Director, NC Dept. Of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development
"Thank you seems insufficient for all that you did to make my Concord experience one to remember. You even ordered up the best of weather! I totally enjoyed Friday – the Speedway, exotic exp., Sea Life, and the race shops (thanks for lunch). Sunday was 'awesome' and Brenda and I loved it! Will touch base with you when the magazine comes out in June- until then, enjoy spring, 'where racing lives!!'"
Bill Bauer/Travel Writer, Upstate Lake Living
"We all greatly appreciate everything regarding our car clubs visit to Concord and our interaction with you. Thank you for all your plans and efforts. Our visit was awesome."
Harry & Karen Davis, Diablo Valley Mustang Association
"We would like to thank you for everything you did for us while we were in Charlotte. The tickets to the 600 and hospitality were appreciated. It was so generous of you to include the Qualifying and Nationwide tickets. The visit with Martha was such a memorable experience. We came back home with so many memories."
Thank you again!
Terry, Chris & Micah Lynch, Dale Trail Facebook Contest Winners
Dear Jennifer Parsley (AIM tours),
"The Experience Cabarrus Tour was awesome! I left yesterday feeling excited and well informed about our area! After I got back to the hotel I felt more confident striking up conversations with guests browsing the brochure rack at our hotel. (I used to want to run and hide!) I found myself suggesting dinner ideas and even used your itinerary for some race fans wanting to tour the NASCAR garages! This was time well spent and I will make sure all of my front desk staff attend in the upcoming months! So please do not let anyone discontinue this training. I look forward to working with you in the future and thank you for all knowledge and tips you shared with us!"
April Saylor, Hampton Inn Concord/Kannapolis
“I wanted to let you know my daughter and I really enjoyed working with you and CVB over the weekend. You and your team did a wonderful job making sure we the volunteers were prepared and equipped with all of the resources and valuable information needed to provide to the DNC delegates. The binder was an excellent resource, being very organized and user friendly. I also want to say thank you for providing us with lunch and the snacks. That was very thoughtful!
This was a great experience for us both! Please keep us in mind for other volunteer opportunities. I'm looking forward to partnering with you and CVB in the future.”
"When we started the process of finding a new venue we did not plan to find something so quickly. It is amazing what is in your back door. The Cabarrus Event Center and the surrounding area is the complete package. Cabarrus is centrally located for all our members. The area has so much to offer. There is something for everyone not to mention some beautiful countryside for our members to do some great riding. The thing that finally convinced us was the Team at the Cabarrus CVB. Their enthusiasm and desire to make us feel welcomed worked. They have made us feel like we have found a home."
Andrew & Vickie Butcher, NC District Directors, Gold Wing Road Riders Association
"What an honor and privilege it has been to develop a relationship with you this year. We so appreciate your support and use of our facilities. Thank you for loving our school and sending quality businesses our way."
Andrea Owens/Assistant Principal, Hickory Ridge Middle School
"Thanks so much for all your hard work on the FAM trip. It was all terrific. Can’t wait to plan a trip to your area. I just loved it up there. Take care and thanks again."
Cathy Stokes, Owner, Seniors on The Go Travel
"Mere words simply cannot express Dans’s and I’s gratitude for your wonderful hospitality when we were in Charlotte. As two die-hard NASCAR fans, you have definitely spoiled us for future races we attend. You put together an action packed weekend where each event outdid the previous. Thank you for taking time from your weekend to show us around. As we have said to you before, should you find yourself in the Washington, DC area, please do not hesitate to look us up."
Dana & Wendy Luikart, World Projects Corp
"Thank so much for all that you and your staff did to make the A-10 Cross Country Championship a memorable experience for the participants. We received such great feedback, any and all of the comments were positive. Your enthusiasm for the event was contagious. We are planning to put a bid in for 2013, which is the next available date to host."
Kim Whitestone/Senior Associate Athletic Director, UNC Charlotte Athletics
"Thank you for your assistance with the 2011 Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship. The Cabarrus County CVB did a fantastic job hosting our teams for the event. You definitely made everyone feel like a part of the community. Please extend my gratitude to everyone that helped make this a great event."
Lucas Feller/Director of Championships, Atlantic 10 Conference Headquarters
"Thank you so much for such an awesome weekend of racing! We all had an absolute blast! I really enjoyed my first race and enjoying it from the suite and terrace made it even better. My friends and I had a great time with you as well. Please let me know next time you are in Raleigh and would like to play golf with Jeff and I."
Beth Denny/Account Executive, First Point Management Resources
"Thank you so much for all your hospitality this past weekend. Myself, along with my friends, had such a memorable weekend and some of that credit goes to you and your colleagues at Cabarrus County CVB. You were all so friendly, helpful and welcoming…so much so that I’m going to begin organizing a member golf/NASCAR trip down there for the fall race.
Please pass along my sentiments to John Mills, Tracy Aldridge, Lauren Carpenter, Dawn Williams (and her husband) and Mark D'Andrea. It was a pleasure to meet them all and look forward to seeing them again.
Enclosed you’ll find a couple gifts. Please give the hat to Mark…if he’s going to play well, he needs to look good. The sweatshirt and Tervis Tumbler water bottle is yours. Just a little something to let you know how much I appreciate all the time you took with us and for all your work you do with the CVB."
Ryan Rindels/PGA, Head Golf Professional, Town & Country Club
"I wanted to say thank you again for a great tour! I was in a rush to get back to work but another suggestion I would have made on the form would be an all day tour. That’s just because I enjoyed it so much! I also enjoyed the take-away items and the opportunity to network. I will be sending this on to other colleagues who may benefit from it as well. Thanks again for all you do!"
Holly Duncan/Recreation Coordinator, Town of Harrisburg Parks & Recreation Department