North Carolina Coast Host presents the 2023 Tourism Impact Award winners

Published 1:45 pm Sunday, March 12, 2023

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A camp ground, a barn quilt designer and a historian were honored as the North Carolina Coast Host presented the 2023 Tourism Impact Awards at their annual meeting.

“We were pleased to present awards to historian Barbara B. Snowden, Kellie and JD Tew of Tew Barn Quilts, and Camp Clearwater at White Lake,” said Sierra Jones, president of NC Coast Host.

According to Tameron Kugler, director of the Currituck Department of Travel and Tourism, said Barbara B. Snowden has been instrumental in gathering historical facts used in museums and trails in the northern region of eastern North Carolina.

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Kellie and JD Tew of Tew Barn Quilts design, paint and install unique barn quilts for the Sampson County Barn Quilt Trail, said Sheila Barefoot, director of Sampson County’s tourism office.

Terri Dennison of Elizabethtown and Whitelake Chamber of Commerce said Camp Clearwater’s management and staff are worthy of the NC Coast Host Tourism Impact Award because of the high level of customer service and assistance they provide to the region in hosting events and festivals that attract visitors to the region.

NC Coast Host is a membership organization that represents the counties, towns, attractions and lodging east of I-95. The organization provides members with visibility through marketing on the website,, coop advertising, networking and sharing of best practices.

For more information about NC Coast Host, contact NC Coast Host President Sierra Jones at 252-329-4200 ext. 4248, or past president Tammy Proctor at 910-789-2971.