|NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 97
A JOINT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING APPRECIATION TO THE TRAVEL COUNCIL OF NORTH CAROLINA, INCORPORATED, THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, THE NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED, AND TO THE NUMEROUS STATE AND COMMUNITY CIVIC LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS, WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE GOVERNOR'S TOUR OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR EUROPEAN TRAVEL OFFICIALS, OCTOBER 7-12, 1962.
WHEREAS, the Governor's Tour of North Carolina for European Travel Officials, conducted October 7 through October 12, 1962, was implemented through the efforts of outstanding citizens of our State to give European Travel Officials first-hand knowledge of the tourist attractions in North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the preparation, planning and conduct of the tour required the expenditure of countless hours of effort, and the contributions of large sums of money, by members of our State's travel industry, including the 40-man team which, without any cost to the State, arranged for and participated in the Governor's Travel Mission to Europe, February 25-March 8, 1962; and
WHEREAS, the physical operation of the tour was handled by Co-Chairmen T.E. Pickard, Jr., Carolina Motor Club, and Charles J. Parker, State Advertising Division of the Department of Conservation and Development; Tour Advisors Voit Gilmore, Director of U.S. Travel Service, and Charles E. Wade, Jr., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Tour Relations, Dick Anderson, Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, and George Shipp, George Shipp Travel Agency; Tour Schedule, George M. Carter, Winston-Salem Automobile Club; Hospitality, E.H. Lewis, Jr., North Carolina Motel Association; Plane Transportation, Bill McGee, Piedmont Airlines; Baggage and Reservations, John R. Elliott, Carolina Motor Club; Publicity, Mrs. Miriam Rabb, State Travel Editor, Department of Conservation and Development; Photographer, Charles Clark, Department of Conservation and Development; Publicity and Registration, Miss Evelyn Covington, Department of Conservation and Development; Registration and Reservations, Miss Lee Wood, Carolina Motor Club; and the following who worked behind the scenes in preparing the Tour: Bryce Wagoner, Bus Terminal Restaurants; Lynn Nisbet, North Carolina Association of Afternoon Dailies (Deceased); Robert L. Stallings, Jr., Department of Conservation and Development; Hargrove Bowles, Jr., Department of Conservation and Development; Colonel David T. Lambert, Commanding, State Highway Patrol; Tom C. Ellis, State Parks; Gardner Gidley, The William and Kate B. Reynolds Memorial Park, Tanglewood; Thomas B. Watkins, North Carolina State Motor Club; Joe Edwards, Plantation Grill and Restaurant; Dick Pitts, Carolina Motor Club; Mrs. Lou Harshaw, Asheville Chamber of Commerce; John M. Akers, Akers Motor Lines; Hugh M. Morton, Grandfather Mountain; and
WHEREAS, individual communities played perfect hosts to the foreign visitors, including, among hundreds, the following leaders in these communities: Raleigh — Bryce Wagoner, William L. McLaurin, W.H. Wilson, Bob Cromley, Charlie Winston, Avery Upchurch, Bill Morse, Ben Kilgore, Bob Sanders, Glenn Humphrey. Pinehurst — Albert S. Tufts, James W. Tufts, and James E. Harrington. Southern Pines — Mayor John Ruggles, Mayor Pro tem James D. Hobbs, F.F. Rainey, Alwin Folley. Morehead City — Tony Seamon, Sr., Tony Seamon, Jr., Ted Garner, Captain Ottis Purifoy, P.W. Bullock, Miss Ruth Peeling, Dr. S.W. Hatcher, Ray Pardue, Bob Simpson. Cherokee — Darrell Fleming, Chief Osley Bird Saunooke, Woodrow Welch, Carol White, Mrs. Margie Douthit, Tom B. Underwood, Richard Crowe, Mrs. Annie Driver, Mrs. Luli Welch, Julius George, Mrs. Dinah George. New Bern — Mayor Dale T. Mills, Olin Wright, W.W. Jeffrey, Paul Cox, George L. Ballard, Mrs. Kathleen S. Orringer, Lloyd T. Gillikin; Etherige H. Ricks, D.L. Ward, Miss Gertrude Carraway, Jack Havens, Louis N. Howard, David Pierce, Mrs. Genevieve Dunn, C.H. Hall, R.C. O'Bryan, Willis Marshall, D.E. Deichman, Sergeant R.H. Nutt, Chief James E. Pearsall, Edgar E. Welch, C.K. McCotter, T.M. Diggs, R.E. Pugh, Sim Dawson, Lester Bray, Ray Williams, William R. Roberson, Jr., Hartwell Campbell. Winston-Salem — Charles B. Wade, Jr., R.T. Ellett, Jr., George M. Carter, Bill McGee, Dick Anderson, Charles Dugan. Asheville — Jack Priedeman, R. B. Coburn, Frank McDowell, Rodney Morgan, Joe Bly, Jr., Jack K. Barfield, Manley E. Wright, Carl B. Hyatt, Miss Augusta Barnett, Charles Johnson, E. Ted Linn, Richard Degenhart. Charlotte — Mr. and Mrs. Homer Kirkman, Homer Kirkman, Jr., Tom Guth, Peter Van Kleek, George W. Bennett, James Nixon, Mayor S.R. Brookshire, J. Mack Wasson, William A. Crowe, J.B. Dishongh, James Nisbet, Joe Edwards, Hal Love, J.H. Quattlebaum, Peter Bealer, Lee Wood, Jim Johnson, E.A. Clement, Dave Williamson; and
WHEREAS, numerous business and civic organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and individual citizens gave their whole-hearted cooperation to the conduct of the tour, and transportation companies of our State, including especially Piedmont Airlines, The Greyhound Corporation, Carolina Coach Company, Seashore Transportation Company, Smoky Mountain Tours Company, and Queen City Trailways, rendered outstanding service to enable the European travel experts to see as much of the State as possible in five days; and
WHEREAS, tours, such as this one, have not only enabled travel officials to impart first-hand knowledge of North Carolina to their clients, but they have also added greatly to North Carolina's effort to attract, accommodate, and provide hospitality for foreign and domestic tourists, resulting in the growth of tourism to the third largest industry in our State; and
WHEREAS, while the tour could not cover the entire State in the five days allotted, sponsoring groups wisely arranged for brief visits to representative examples of attractions in Variety Vacationland, including the Outer Banks, Morehead City, Tryon Palace at New Bern, Raleigh, Pinehurst and Southern Pines, Winston-Salem, Asheville, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Cherokee, Maggie Valley, and Charlotte; and
WHEREAS, Governor and Mrs. Terry Sanford, assisted by Graham Jones, were official hosts at a reception and dinner at the Governor's Mansion, and completely charmed the foreign visitors; and
WHEREAS, arrangements for the tour were made with the full cooperation and assistance of the United States Travel Service, and its successful completion was heralded as a giant step toward the Travel Service's goal, to persuade more foreign travelers to visit the United States:
Now, therefore, be is resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina does hereby acknowledge and express its appreciation for the success of the effort to attract foreign travelers to our State, and to improve the travel industry as a vital part of North Carolina's economy, to the Travel Council of North Carolina, Incorporated, the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development, the North Carolina Industrial Development Foundation, and to all individuals and organizations responsible for their superior contribution to tourism in North Carolina.
Sec. 2. The General Assembly encourages these organizations to continue their efforts to further promote and expand North Carolina's travel industry and pledges its assistance to that end.
Sec. 3. A copy of this Resolution, bearing the certification of the Secretary of State, be furnished each of the organizations recited in the caption of this Resolution.
Sec. 4. This Act shall be in full force and effect upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified, this the 12th day of March, 1963.