Tourist hot spots ready for 2015, more hotels in Piedmont Triad

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tourist attractions in Greensboro and Winston-Salem are excited about the hotel building boom hitting both cities and believe they’ll be filling those rooms soon.

The Greensboro Science Center is gearing up for two big openings in 2015. Its new ropes course is set to open in the spring. A new kid’s area will be unveiled this summer. That should help the organization improve on a record breaking 2014 that saw 350,000 visitors pass through the doors.

New partnerships with the Motel Hotel Association should help create new visitors.

“As Greensboro continues to grow we're going to build our relationships with different folks, see how we can help them bring more people to Greensboro and how they can help us bring more people to the Greensboro Science Center,” said Erica Brown, marketing manager for the group.

In Winston-Salem, Old Salem believes the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will help drive strong attendance in 2015. In December, Old Salem set a record for single day visitors, merchandise and tickets sold. A spokesman for the museum said it’s the number one attraction for Winston-Salem if you don’t count concerts, plays or sporting events.

Visitors from out-of-town had glowing things to say about the area.

“The people are very nice and welcoming we've talked to a few people on the street and I like it so far,” said Brenda Langford who is in town for a basketball game.

Langford and her teammates said they would be more likely to visit Winston-Salem again because of the food and night life.

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