National Travel & Tourism Virtual Event

May 5, 2021 • 10AM

You’re invited to celebrate the Power of Travel during a virtual event hosted by the Haywood, Jackson and Transylvania County TDA’s on May 5, 2021. Let’s all come together to celebrate the outdoors, tourism and a bright future. Keynote speakers will include both Witt Tuttell and Heidi Walters of Visit North Carolina.

Wit Tuttell, Executive Director of Visit NC, will discuss the current state of tourism, future travel sentiment and preview a new marketing campaign the state is rolling out.

Heidi Walters, Director of Partner and Industry Relations of Visit NC, will discuss a new Outdoors NC initiative and how our three counties are involved.

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.


Keynote Speakers

Wit Tuttel

Executive Director

Visit North Carolina

Wit Tuttell was named Director of Visit North Carolina in November 2013. He oversees the strategic planning, policy development, and marketing initiatives for North Carolina’s official state tourism office and the industry sectors it serves.

North Carolina’s state tourism office, formerly the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development, was transferred to the non-profit Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina in October 2014 and renamed Visit North Carolina. Tuttell serves as Vice President, Tourism for the EDPNC.

Tuttell has been with North Carolina tourism since 2006. During this time, the office has been recognized with numerous national awards for excellence in marketing and advertising. He has served as chair of the board of directors of Travel South USA, and serves on the board of the U.S. Travel Association.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the tourism industry including working for Universal Studios Florida and the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. He graduated from the University of Florida and was also a reporter for the Anchorage (Alaska) Times.


Heidi Walters

Director, Partner & Industry Relations

Visit North Carolina

Heidi Walters is the Director of Partner & Industry Relations for Visit North Carolina, a Division of the Economic Development Partnership of NC in Cary, NC. She oversees the tourism marketing efforts for international visitation, group tour, sports and community development.

Ms. Walters has more than 30 years’ experience in both marketing and operations for the tourism industry. She has served in many positions in hotels both in Ohio and the Raleigh area. From there she spent 10 years with the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau. Heidi joined the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development in 2005 and has continued with the EDPNC.

Ms. Walters has served as president for the Carolinas Chapter of MPI and currently sits on several committees with Travel South USA. She is committed to the industry and enjoys mentoring future hospitality leaders.



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