Wit Tuttell, Executive Director - Visit North Carolina
April 5, 2023
On this week's episode of Where To Next, we take a trip to the great state of North Carolina where Wit Tuttell, Director of Visit North Carolina, gives us the inside scoop on everything there is to know about the Tar Heel state. We chatted about the impact that Netflix's hit teen drama Outer Banks has had on the state, plus the importance of North Carolina BBQ, hidden gems that may surprise you, annual festivals, and some really exciting new stuff coming to North Carolina this year as well!
Wit Tuttell was named Executive 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 has been in 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. In 2022, Tuttell was named State Tourism Director of the Year by the National Council of State Tourism Directors.
He has more than 30 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.