Vance County soon to have its new tourism director

Published on : Thursday, December 27, 2018

As it’s still quite early in her tenure as the new executive director for Vance County Tourism, Pam Hester considers that there is a profusion of treasures in Vance County and Henderson to be shared with the outside world.

“There is so much in Henderson. There’s so many wonderful treasures in this town that I think we need to get out and promote and show people to come here…” Hester said.


“We’re sitting on the lake which is something most people don’t have. We could pull in all kinds of visitors. I just want to bring positive back to the county, especially since I’ve been here all my life.”

Hester, an all-time resident of Vance County, of late left a position in Granville County as the executive director of the domestic violence and sexual assault center there, Families Living Violence Free. Prior to that, she was the director of Henderson’s Downtown Development Commission.

Hester is taking the place of Nancy Wilson, who was the erstwhile tourism director in Vance County for more than 20 years.

Wilson initiated one of Vance County’s largest events, and biggest tourist attractions, with the annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine car show. Hester was informed by her board, the Vance County Tourism Development Authority, that they want her to target on continuing that show.

Hester explained that the board also informed her to focus on attracting new events that will attract greater number of visitors to Vance County.

As Hester said that bringing in new events will be the main concern, she side by side wants to promote things already going on in Henderson.

“I think we need to focus on not just stuff that brings people into Henderson to stay at hotels, but we need to focus on all the stuff that is already in place …“ Hester said. “All of these things bring money into the economy. All of them bring people into the county.”

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