Lake Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau (dba Visit Lake Norman) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit authority that was incorporated with the NC General Statute S.L. 2001-402; House Bill 715 (September 6, 2001); and funding codified with the NC General Statute S.L. 2011-160; House Bill 508 (June 14, 2011) with its mission of promoting travel and tourism for the benefit of economic growth and development.
Visit Lake Norman is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly impacting our local and regional economies through tourism. We are committed to generating economic benefits for our towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville by bringing national and regional events to the area and by marketing our destination to the broadest base of potential visitors possible.
Visit Lake Norman is the destination marketing leader of the Lake Norman region, representing all communities through the promotion and development of our resources for the maximum economic benefit of our towns, businesses, and residents.
Lake Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau was incorporated on July 18, 2000 and served as a function of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. On September 6, 2002, Visit Lake Norman (VLN) became an independent 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization.
The 18-Member Board of Directors provides leadership and guidance to Executive Director, Sally Ashworth. The Board of Directors is comprised of business community leaders from the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville, including hotel representatives, restaurant/attractions representatives, and appointed elected officials.
Current Operating Budget:
VLN is funded through the local hotel occupancy tax (28% of each town's distribution) and prepared food tax (25% of each town's distribution) per the NC General Statute S.L. 2011-160; House Bill 508 (June 14, 2011). This is a levied tax and is distributed to VLN from each of the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville for fulfilling its purpose of tourism marketing. The occupancy and prepared food taxes are considered "hospitality" taxes and are mandated to be utilized solely for tourism purposes.