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North Carolina Division of Tourism and Time Warner Cable Media Partner to Increase Tourism Across the State

Popular North Carolina Destinations Promoted on Travel On Demand

Release Date: 03/20/2012

Raleigh, NC (March 20, 2012) – From the Outer Banks to the Southern Appalachians, getting to a North Carolina tourist destination is as easy as a few clicks away.  In an effort to attract visitors, the North Carolina Division of Tourism has formed a partnership with Time Warner Cable Media to air long-form videos promoting popular North Carolina tourism destinations.  The videos will be available to all Time Warner Cable Digital TV customers across the state through Travel On Demand, channel 1084.  Time Warner Cable is the second largest cable company in the United States.

“As technology advances, we are always on the lookout for new opportunities to share the beauty and rich culture North Carolina’s travel destinations have to offer,” said Lynn Minges, assistant secretary of tourism, marketing, and global branding for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  “Travel On Demand is a perfect fit for us, distributing video content across the state that Time Warner Cable customers can view any time, day or night, just by pressing a button on their remote. We’re hoping it will be a constant reminder to viewers that you really don’t have to leave the state to explore fascinating new places.”

Previously known as Journey TV, Travel On Demand was re-launched by Time Warner Cable Media in July 2011 with a revised branding strategy, advertising strategy and a renewed promotional focus, increasing the channel’s monthly viewership in the Carolinas by 338% since launch.  Travel on Demand is an opportunity for advertisers to provide travelers with virtual video tours showcasing destinations of interest.

Time Warner Cable Media will promote the content across a range of cable channels. The promotional spots will be enabled with the new Interactive TV (iTV) technology, LINK, allowing viewers to change channels to Travel on Demand immediately by pressing A on their remote control.

“North Carolina has so many interesting destinations and we are thrilled to give Time Warner Cable customers the opportunity to experience wonderful places to visit,” said Carole Hart, senior vice president Time Warner Cable Media East Region.  “This is a great example of how we listened to our clients’ needs and developed a unique promotional offering for the Division of Tourism.  This platform provides them with an uncluttered video environment they can own on Travel On Demand and it is very measurable.”

About The North Carolina Division of Tourism
The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development leads the state in developing North Carolina as a major destination for leisure travel, group tours, meetings and conventions, sports events and film production. The Division develops and executes effective marketing programs to accomplish these goals for the benefit of the travel, film, sports and wine industries; the economy; and the citizens of North Carolina. NC Tourism teams with local and regional economic development and tourism promotion organizations to advance tourism in the state. Available resources include a cooperative advertising program, industry and consumer publications, a consumer web site, international travel trade development opportunities and tourism development. The Division also staffs nine Welcome Centers on interstate highways to assist travelers to North Carolina. More information is available at visitnc.com and www.nccommerce.com/tourism.

About Time Warner Cable 
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.

Contact Information:

Wit Tuttell
Director of Tourism Marketing
North Carolina Department of Commerce
Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development
Ofc-919-733-7472
 wtuttell@nccommerce.com

Melissa Buscher
Vice President, Communications
Time Warner Cable Carolinas
Ofc-919-654-4618
Cell-919-612-7721
Melissa.buscher@twcable.com

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