Mooresville sees boost in tourism, hotel bookings

Mooresville sees boost in tourism, hotel bookings

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 7:41 AM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- More people are booking hotels in Mooresville than ever before. The town saw a 12 percent increase last fiscal year. 

Some 228,000 rooms were booked.  Tourism officials say most of the people booking rooms are corporate businessman and folks driving through and stopping for the night. 

When those people stay in the hotels, they often find themselves downtown enjoying local restaurants and shops.  For locals, the turn around is surprising, but not unwelcome. 

"I just believe more people are comfortable with the economy and they're spending more than they were a year ago," said Eric Greenwell owner of the Black Velvet Patisserie. 

Other residents say they've seen Mooresville change over the last couple of decades. Chuck Pless owns Pless-Haire Insurance. 

"I used to be the last one on Main Street and we'd leave it five or six and it'd be deserted and now when I go home, Main Street is full," he said. 

The Democratic National Convention falls inside the 2012-2013 fiscal year, so Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Mooresville Travel and Tourism Authority, doesn't have numbers just yet. 

However, he expects those numbers to be even greater. 

"We already know that that September was the largest month revenue we ever had," he said.

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