Rural tourism in NC

ROBBINSVILLE, North Carolina — Airbnb hosts are hoping a new initiative to bring more tourists to rural areas hard hit by the pandemic will help the communities they love.

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Airbnb and Visit North Carolina encourage travelers to consider rural areas of the state

According to Airbnb, “Dream Big in Small Town NC” will spotlight 16 rural counties year-round for local travel

More information about the initiative is available here

Airbnb and Visit North Carolina encourage travelers to consider rural areas of the state through a program called “Dream big in small town North Carolina.”

According to Airbnb, it’s through the state’s rural tourism stimulus pilot program and will highlight 16 rural North Carolina counties throughout the push to travel locally over the next year.

Jessica Bohn-Grey and her husband, Terry, own the Hut of the Wounded Warrior in Robinsville. It’s a popular Airbnb destination that the initiative shines a light on, and the Airbnb superhost hopes her family’s talent for hosting will help local businesses get back on their feet.

“Being such a small community here really helps because that’s where a lot of the money comes from, it’s tourism,” Bohn-Grey said. “I think it really hurt the community when COVID hit.”

The family is making room for even more people who travel to find a sense of peace. Their current plans include adding several smaller cabins, building a permanent home for themselves, and converting their current home on the property to another Airbnb.

“The fact that people want to travel again and explore really spurs everything on and actually makes more people want to come here and open more businesses,” Bohn-Grey said.

She said Robbinsville has a lot to offer visitors, from driving the Dragon’s Tail to enjoy beautiful nature views, and every visitor can help rural areas across the state get back on their feet.

More information about the initiative is available here.

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