Domestic visitors to and within Craven County spent $155 million in 2019, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Tourism has an enormous effect on New Bern and Craven County and we are thrilled with the continued growth in our area.” Judy Avery, marketing director, New Bern-Craven County Convention and Visitor Center. Tourism impact highlights for 2019:• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,180 in Craven County. • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Craven County was $31.16Read More →

Thinking of taking a trip to New Bern, but don’t know where to stay? No problem, ask Ellie. Want more information on retirement options? No problem, Ellie can be your guide. So, who is Ellie? Ellie is the first automated intelligence guide utilized by a destination marketing organization to navigate tourists through a town and it can be found on New Bern’s official tourism website. Seconds after arriving on New Bern’s website, Ellie is set to greet web users. “We have spent over 300 years preparing for your visit. Are you considering a visit to North Carolina’s first capital?” Ellie says. Upon accepting the invitation,Read More →

Swiss Bear Inc., the Main Street program administrator for the City of New Bern, announced a safely re-imagined MumFest, now appropriately renamed MumFeast! This month-long weekends-only event will be an expansion of Downtown New Bern’s very successful Friday and Saturday evenings dining in the streets. Downtown streets will close at 5 p.m. Fridays and remain closed through 9:30 p.m. Saturdays so participating restaurants can provide “Feasting in the Streets”. Stores will have sidewalk and street displays, and a handful (6-8) of artisans will be safely positioned in the streets each weekend as well. One of the most talked about components from 2019 will be hereRead More →

The New Bern Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing in which the aim is to control the proliferation of Airbnb-type operations from occurring in residential districts.  At their Oct. 22, 2019 meeting, the Board of Aldermen established the Short-Term Rental Committee to develop an ordinance regulating Short-Term Rentals. The committee conducted bi-monthly meetings between between December and March to create a draft ordinance for aldermen to consider. The issue came to a head when a homeowner on Metcalf Street attempted to turn his home into an Airbnb over the objections of neighbors. Members o f the committee were Anne Schout, who served asRead More →

BEAUFORT, N.C. — A historic boat that is literally one-of-a-kind has made a temporary return to the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Periauger, a historic replica of the long-lost Colonial boat of the same name, was recently brought back to Beaufort for refurbishment. Originally built at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s working watercraft center, Periauger sits there once again as repairs continue on the vessel, the only known boat of its kind.“The boat itself, in its historic context, was really important to North Carolina,” the museum’s maritime curator, David Bennett, said. “In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was a popular coastal transport, especiallyRead More →

In light of Gov. Roy Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, some upcoming special events and programs scheduled for March and April at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras have been canceled. These events include: North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort March 19           Beaufort’s Dolphins, Getting to Know Them (lecture)               25           By Hook or ByRead More →

As a site that millions around the world count on for travel guidance, Tripadvisor is closely monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on both travelers and the travel industry. We care deeply about your safety, whether you are at home or traveling. With this in mind, I would like to share some resources we’ve created and the actions we’re taking to help you make informed decisions about your own travel plans. Helping you make travel decisionsAs this situation rapidly evolves, we know there is an atmosphere of uncertainty as travelers wonder if they should change their plans. That’s why, starting today, Tripadvisor will feature alertsRead More →

National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, the 36th annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, will take place on May 5-11. This year’s theme is “Travel Matters,” a recognition of the innumerable ways in which travel enriches lives and strengthens communities. Each day of NTTW will spotlight a different example of why travel matters to America. For New Bern and Craven County, travel and tourism are so vital that “Travel Matters” are not mere words. “They are the economic engine for the city, the county, the state – the entire country,” said Sabrina Bengel, chairman of the Craven County Tourism DevelopmentRead More →