About The HCTDA

Current COVID Restrictions

The table below provides a general summary of restrictions imposed under recent executive orders as well as frequently asked questions and relevant guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional guidance is also available.

Executive Order Summary
Executive Order 209

Effective 5 p.m. April 30 until at least June 30:

  • Lifts the outdoor masks requirement
  • Increases mass gathering indoor limits to 100 and outdoor limit to 200
  • Continues to require that face masks be required in indoor public places
  • Continues strong safety requirements concerning social distancing and capacity limits
Executive Order 204

Effective until 5 p.m. April 30:

  • Still requires face coverings in all public indoor settings
  • Fully lifts the 11 p.m. curfew for on-site service of alcohol
  • Increases the indoor mass gathering limit to 50 people and the outdoor mass gathering limit to 100
  • Increases maximum occupancy limits:
    • 100% for museums, aquariums, retail businesses and shops, barbershops, salons
    • 75% indoors and outdoors for restaurants, breweries, wineries, amusement parks, gyms, pools
    • 50% indoors and outdoors for bars, conference centers, reception venues, sports arenas, other live performance venues
  • More details about what’s changed
Executive Order 183 (extended under Executive Order 205 and Executive Order 210)

In effect until at least June 1:

  • Allows establishments holding certain permits from the ABC Commission, including restaurants, hotels, private clubs, private bars and some distilleries to sell mixed beverages to-go or for delivery
  • Businesses subject to the order may continue to sell mixed beverages for off-site consumption until their business closes and in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations
The state’s position on travel is:

North Carolina is urging residents and visitors to be prepared at take precautions relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The state recommends that everyone monitor the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ special webpage on the situation. Events in various areas of the state are being cancelled or postponed as a best practice effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Visitors and travelers in and through the state should check with their lodging provider and event organizer before departing on a trip to North Carolina. Visitors to the state should take the same precautions that are recommended for traveling during the flu season. Those precautions are even more valuable this year. Visitors who are at “high risk” of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid large groups of people as much as possible. If travelers need more information on North Carolina relating to COVID-19, they can go to https://www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is the legislatively mandated entity responsible for collecting occupancy taxes for all paid accommodations in the county, and determines the allocation of those dollars to drive overnight visitation. The HCTDA collects a 4% occupancy tax and invests those funds in a variety of tourism marketing efforts. The county has a long tradition of tourism marketing, having been one of the first counties in North Carolina to authorize the creation of a TDA to invest in countywide destination promotion. It has enjoyed a reputation for decades as a mountain retreat set among some of the highest mountain peaks in eastern North America and two national parks.

The HCTDA produces an annual visitors guide (print and electronic versions available) and hosts a visitors website, and sustains a strong presence on Social Media.

The TDA administers a toll-free hotline to provide visitors with information and also runs a county Visitor Center located in Maggie Valley at 1110 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.