County seeks Adventure Tourism status

Photo Contributed: Elizabethton Star

In 2016, the County Commission approved a resolution to create a series of “Adventure Tourism Districts” in the county. Creating these special districts allows the county to better market those tourism and recreation opportunities and it also allows qualifying tourism-related businesses to get a tax credit when they set up shop in one of the districts.

Susan Robinson, who handles economic and community development through the Carter County Mayor’s Office, said the county could not apply to designate the whole county as an Adventure Tourism District, so they had to designate portions of the county to create the districts based on the tourism opportunities available.

The Commission unanimously approved the resolution to create the following districts: Roan Mountain Adventure Tourism District, Watauga Lake Adventure Tourism District, Elizabethton Adventure Tourism District, Watauga River  Adventure Tourism District, Stoney Creek Adventure Tourism District, Doe River Gorge Adventure Tourism District, and the Tweetsie Trail Adventure Tourism District.

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