Release Date:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014

SOUTHERN PINES, NC – FEBRUARY 18, 2014 – The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is partnering with Sandhills Community College (SCC) to provide training for local volunteers who will be interacting with 400,000+ visitors expected in June for the historic back-to-back U.S. Open and Women’s Open golf championships.  “This new initiative is an important part of Moore County being able to roll out the red carpet.  Providing good visitor information services are essential, and that requires training,” commented Caleb Miles, president and CEO of the CVB.

The CVB will operate visitor information centers during the championships at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), the CVB main office in Southern Pines, the main and auxiliary U.S. Open entrance gates at Pinehurst No. 2 and other potential locations.

The training will be available to hotels, restaurants, golf courses and other local businesses to ensure visitors receive the best hospitality the area has to offer.  The training will be held at SCC’s Dedman Center in early May and will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the U.S. Open Championships Operation
  • History of the Area
  • Tourism Products and Services available Locally
  • FAQ’s and how to provide Directions
  • Explanation of Resources available at CVB Locations
  • Customer Service

Alan Duncan, associate dean of continuing education at SCC, said, “the college is excited about being able to help.”  Each session will likely run two hours. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the session.  For more information about the training or other volunteering opportunities, contact Cristy at the CVB (910) 692-3330, ext. 242.

The championships are expected to have a potential state economic impact of over $168 million. Become a part of this historic event.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.

The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance and Pinehurst Resort have reached an agreement to extend their contract for the vintage auto showcase through 2017.

The inaugural Pinehurst Concours was staged at the Home of American Golf in 2013 and returns for a second year the first weekend of May 2014. The original contract was for three years, and a successful event last year prompted talks to extend the agreements between the two parties for an additional two years.

“We believe establishing the Pinehurst Concours as one of the ‘can’t miss’ classic car competitions across the country is directly tied to a location as iconic as Pinehurst Resort,” said Pinehurst Concours executive director Jay Howard. “The response from entrants and patrons regarding every aspect of the resort’s celebrated blend of Southern hospitality and charm was overwhelming and truly humbling. We’re thrilled to be able to call Pinehurst Resort our home for the foreseeable future.”

The Pinehurst Concours also secured a fixed date on the calendar with competition being staged the first weekend of May for each of the next four years.

“The Concours is a perfect fit for our resort, providing a unique entertainment opportunity for the members, resort guests and car enthusiasts across the state of North Carolina, the Southeast and the entire nation,” said Tom Pashley, executive vice president of Pinehurst Resort. “We are confident the event will become a popular resort attraction for years to come.”

Tickets to the 2014 event, which will feature 119 classic automobiles on the pristine fairways of Pinehurst Resort on May 2-4, can be purchased online at www.pinehurstconcours.com or by calling 910–973-6594. In addition, Pinehurst Concours tickets are available in the Pinehurst Resort Main Pro Shop, Carolina Hotel Newstand and Village Putter Boy Shop.

The Pinehurst Concours will kick off a celebrated six-week period at one of the world’s top golf resorts, which will host the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks in mid June.