August 30, 2011

Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches of Carolina, Kure & Wrightsville Welcome Visitors After Brush with Hurricane Irene

Wilmington, NC – August 2011 – Good News for Labor Day holiday travelers! The Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that Hurricane Irene has come and gone and that Wilmington, North Carolina’s Historic River District & the Island Beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are already open and welcoming visitors.

“We are very fortunate that Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville escaped the worst of Hurricane Irene, the eye of which passed offshore on Saturday after it was downgraded to a Category 1,” states Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority. “Our destination experienced only minimal damage from tropical storm conditions. Recovery crews went to work immediately and, in a matter of only a few hours, the beach bridges were open, our roads were clear, and the majority of our hotels and attractions were ready to welcome visitors.”

Visitors arriving this week for a Labor Day holiday getaway in Wilmington, N.C. and the beaches of Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville can expect to find business-as-usual along the city’s vibrant historic river district and the coast’s sparkling beaches. Visitors who have not yet made plans for the upcoming holiday will find helpful visitor information on the website Visitors with reservations are encouraged to contact accommodations in advance of travel to confirm their plans.

From the Cape Fear River to the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington, N.C.’s Historic River District and Island Beaches (Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville) is a year-round destination with more than 50 attractions and dozens of events. For an online visitors guide and complete event calendar, please visit the website or call toll-free 1-866-266-9690.

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