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Tammie Gercken Writer

The Burke County Museum of History will host Ed Phillips, CEO of the Burke County Tourism Development Authority, who will present at 10 a.m. Thursday at the museum as part of his “Coffee at the Museum” series.

Phillips said he would discuss the upcoming reunion and “The Last of the Mohicans” festival to be held Saturday, May 14 on the grounds of the historic Burke County Courthouse, as well as the importance of “induced tourism by cinema” in the region. . He will also provide an update on Burke County’s tourism economy.

Phillips, a graduate of Western Carolina University, has 34 years of experience in tourism marketing, according to his biography published on Discoverburkecounty.com. He is the former owner of Granite Communications, “a destination marketing company that served tourist clients throughout North Carolina.” He is a past president of the North Carolina Travel Industry Association and is a member of the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board. He has been CEO of the county’s Tourism Development Authority since 2010.

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“Ed brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the Burke TDA, including travel printing, editing, photography and creative writing,” reads the bio.

The presentation is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.

For more information, call the museum at 828-437-1777.

Editor Tammie Gercken can be reached at [email protected]

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