A Trifling Place
3:58 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Charlotte Area: An Attractive Place To Retire?

Five of the top ten places to retire in North Carolina, according to a real estate site, are in the Charlotte area. Only one, Sanford, is on North Carolina's certified retirement community list.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

The online real estate research site Movoto says five cities/towns in the Charlotte-area are among the top 10 places in North Carolina to retire. That's half the list! 

Top 10 Places To Retire In N.C.

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Local News
9:31 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Amateurs Are All Right When It Comes To Charlotte Tourism

Nellie Manning is president of the Lake Norman Trio women's bowling league. She's bowled in the US Bowling Congress Women's Championships 35 years, including 2007 when the event was held in Charlotte.
Julie Rose

Charlotte has a lot riding on professional sports: millions of tax dollars built an arena for the Bobcats, are helping construct a new home for Knights baseball Uptown and will likely renovate Panthers stadium, too. So does it surprise you to learn that more than half of the city's hotel room bookings each year are the result of amateur athletes

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Local News
9:21 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Charlotte's A Taxing City For Tourists

Credit CRVA

State lawmakers have rebuffed Charlotte officials who hoped to double the local restaurant tax in order to renovate Bank of America Stadium.  Instead, the city will have to rearrange existing restaurant tax revenues to help the Panthers. Visitors to Charlotte may find that good news, since WFAE's Julie Rose reports the city already ranks among the most taxing for tourists.

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A Trifling Place
7:47 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Episode 4: The Legend Of Concord Mills Mall

Concord Mills mall features a carousel in its food court. It once claimed to be the state's top visitor attraction. It may soon add a 30,000 square foot aquarium to the mall.
Tasnim Shamma

Welcome to "A Trifling Place," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

So when I first arrived in Charlotte, I was handed the latest edition of a book called the Insider's Guide to Charlotte. It had the usual highlights you would expect, but then I saw something really strange. It says Concord Mills Mall is the state's top tourist destination.


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Local News
9:40 am
Thu September 13, 2012

CRVA Looks To Outside Firm For 'Credibility' In DNC Study

Inside TWC Arena during the Democratic National Convention.

The City of Charlotte and several tax-payer funded agencies will pay an outside agency about $25,000 to estimate the DNC's boost to the local economy.

It's pretty standard for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to do a "this is how our economy benefited" estimate after major conventions. It's highly unusual for the CRVA to hire an outside firm to do it.

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Holy Land Tourism Rebounds
12:00 pm
Wed December 7, 2005

Holy Land Tourism Rebounds

(12/7/05) Tourism to Israel is rebounding, after several years of declines due to political tensions and terrorism concerns. WFAE's Mark Rumsey recently spent some time in the Holy Land and has this report.