The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority

HCTDA Board

The Hickory-Conover Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is the overseeing board for the Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau. Pictured from left to right are: Terry Taylor, Counsel, Phil Yount, Patrica Hatch, Warren Wood, Donald Duncan, Lindsay Keisler, Leroy Lail, Treasurer Renee Keever, Mark Seaman and Chairman Bruce Eckard.   

The nine members of the HCTDA include the Hickory City Manager, Conover City Manager, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President, three Hickory City Council appointees (two are with overnight accommodations), two Conover City Council appointees (one is with overnight accommodations), and one appointee from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce who has an interest in tourism. In addition, the HCTDA has an appointed attorney and hires the CEO who oversees the Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau staff.  

The mission of the HCTDA is to market and enhance the economy of the Hickory Metro by promoting conventions, meetings and travelers to the area.  The HCTDA holds its regular meeting the second Monday of the month at 8:30 a.m. (no meeting in July) in the Catawba River Board Room at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.