Our Story

At Hughes Publishing, LLC-We know tourism and travel marketing! We are proud owners and publishers of the annual visitor map guides, Go Explore Charlotte and Go Explore Raleigh. These annual full color, glossy dining-shopping-attractions map guides provide visitors to the Charlotte and Raleigh areas valuable information in an easy-to-read format.  We also offer ancillary services for small businesses such as marketing representation, research, and full ad agency media buying options.

Owner David Hughes has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years, serving in such roles as Publisher, Vice President of Sales, Circulation Director, and for the past 20 years, business owner of numerous magazines, direct mail companies, tourism guides and free product distribution at numerous statewide airports. Read on to find out more about our products and services and how our company can assist you in growing yours! 

Associate Publishers Cassie Hughes Thomas & Wes Thomas now drive the day-to-day activities of Hughes Publishing, LLC and are proud to carry on the tourism direction of our company with future plans to launch Go Explore maps in Fayetteville, Greensboro and coastal areas of NC by 2026. 

Go Explore Charlotte is a full color, glossy annual map guide showcasing the finest dining, shopping and attractions in Charlotte. Arriving in Spring of each year, Go Explore Charlotte is delivered to over 160 Queen City area hotels, welcome centers and the Douglas International Airport, Go Explore Charlotte is the go-to resource for visitors and travelers while visiting the greater Charlotte area. One side of our map is dedicated to the Uptown area of Charlotte while the other side showcases the metro area. Our fun and easy to read map guide shows the locations of each business so visitors can easily identify the locations and distance from their hotels. Delivered in a full-size format, advertisers have the option of purchasing the Front Cover, Back Cover, Full Page, half page and quarter page ads. 

Go Explore Raleigh is a full color, glossy annual map guide showcasing the finest dining, shopping and attractions in Raleigh. Arriving in Spring of each year, Go Explore Raleigh is delivered to over 125 Raleigh area hotels, welcome centers and the RDU Airport, Go Explore Raleigh is the go-to resource for visitors and travelers while visiting the greater Capitol City area. Our fun and easy to read map guide shows the locations of each business so visitors can easily identify the locations and distance from their hotels. Delivered in a full-size format, advertisers have the option of purchasing the Front Cover, Back Cover, Full Page, half page and quarter page ads. 

Hughes Publishing also handles brochure and guide displays with our partnership at the Asheville Regional Airport and is the main travel hub serving the Western North Carolina area with over 1.4 million passengers in 2021.

Are you a business owner with little to no time to devote to your marketing and advertising or you simply find the task time consuming and overwhelming? At Hughes Publishing, we offer full advertising agency services from placing print, radio/tv and online campaigns to full market research and negotiating on your behalf to help you achieve the lowest advertising campaigns to maximize your ROI and stretch your advertising dollars further.

 

David Hughes
Owner/Publisher

Precision Door Service has been working with David Hughes since 2012. I have always found David to be extremely helpful as a marketing and advertising expert. He’s worked hard to understand my business so he can better help me reach our goals and objectives. I’ve consulted with David on many marketing ideas, and he’s always given me solid advice…he is a consummate marketing professional!

Michelle Cromwell

President, Precision Garage Door Service

Contact Us

    Hughes Publishing, LLC
    PO Box 80262
    Raleigh, NC 27623
     
    p: 919.307.5402

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