By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on November 11, 2022
In an interview with the Voice six months ago, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles said Dare County was committed to examining the issue of sustainable tourism and to trying to strike the right balance between the level of tourism needed to fuel the local economy and the level of tourism that brings adverse impacts, particularly to local residents.
That is a subject that inspires impassioned debate and strong opinions among many local residents, including those who worry that the Outer Banks will become “another Myrtle Beach” and some who say it has already travelled too far in that direction.
“The level of visitation that we’ve had in the last year and a half is not necessarily sustainable,” Nettles acknowledged in that Voice interview back in May, “particularly when you combine it with a limited workforce and some of the other challenges we’ve got…There’s a price for that growth. The impacts of tourism are both positive and negative.”
To that end, the Visitors Bureau has hired a company out of British Columbia to work on developing a long-term tourism management plan, a project expected to take the better part of a year. One of the first goals, Nettles explained, is “community engagement activity, where we really want to bring folks together and let’s have a conversation, let’s figure out what are our shared values, what do we think it is that makes this place so special…”
Earlier this week, the Visitors Bureau sent out this information about a resident survey that is designed to be part of this community conversation. The survey solicits residents’ views, among other things, on the value of tourism and what constitutes the right amount of tourism: the kind of tourists the bureau should focus on attracting; how well the county is managing the current level of tourism; and the impact of tourism on your or your family.
Here is the release.
“The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is embarking on a process to develop a Long Range Tourism Management Plan for the community.
In creating this plan, it is important for all voices to be heard, including the voices of our residents and non-resident property owners. We know that tourism development can have both positive and negative implications for the quality of life. We believe that making the Outer Banks a better place to live and work will also make it a more appealing place to visit.
We would sincerely appreciate your time to share and complete the quick survey below, which will take approximately 15 minutes. Survey responses are anonymous, and emails will not be used for any other purposes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6V7CL9R.”
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