We appreciate your consideration of Charlotte as a destination to host your event. We continue to work hard on behalf of the visitor economy regardless of the current political climate to let you, our customers, know that Charlotte is an inclusive and welcoming destination and that we value your business.
HB2 and Executive Order No. 93
General Assembly of North Carolina: House Bill 2 (March 23, 2016) Full text >>
Governor Pat McCrory Executive Order No. 93 to Protect Privacy and Equality (April 12, 2016) Full text >>
CRVA’s Position on HB2
We are extremely concerned about the state legislation in place as we continue to hear negative feedback and potential event cancellations from our customers. Our city has worked incredibly hard to build a thriving visitor economy over the last 20 years, which has welcomed major events and conventions that greatly give back to the city and the state of North Carolina's economy and overall quality of life. This issue is in danger of setting us back from the progress we've made in positioning Charlotte as an attractive, inclusive destination. Our city has long had a track record of creating an environment that not only values diversity, but strongly embraces it. On behalf of the visitor economy that represents one in nine jobs across the Charlotte region, we strongly urge that state and local leaders find a resolution that represents the best interests of our city and state.
CRVA’s Position on Executive Order No. 93
We are appreciative of the actions taken by Governor McCrory through his executive order and encouraged by the message it sends to the visitors and meeting planners who drive the Charlotte region’s $6.3 billion visitor economy. We hope today’s events demonstrate that we want to welcome all in our community and across the state. At the CRVA, we know our differences make us stronger and we pride ourselves on being a destination of choice that embraces diversity, inclusion and equality.
Always Welcome Campaign
Deeply rooted in Charlotte’s DNA is a warm and welcoming spirit. The Always Welcome campaign has a unifying theme that is intended to showcase the diversity and inclusiveness of our community. The adaptable message removes the current political atmosphere in North Carolina and has straightforward objectives.
The campaign is not led by one singular entity. Instead, it’s being activated by a number of organizations across Charlotte, ranging from economic development organizations to hospitality and tourism professionals to small and large business owners, through promotional, paid media, earned media and grassroots efforts. Learn more >>
Meetings and conventions that come to Charlotte are invited to spend time in our community. Our convention services team can link meeting and event attendees with a local nonprofit for a community service project. This program enriches your event and offers a rewarding, unique and memorable experience for attendees while leaving a lasting impact on the city. Learn more >>