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21 Local Festivals and Cultural Events Receive Funding from Buncombe County TDA

21 Local Festivals and Cultural Events Receive Funding from Buncombe County TDA

From time-honored events such as Shindig on the Green, Asheville Holiday Parade, and the Sourwood Festival, to relative newcomers like Asheville Celtic Festival, Asheville Mini Maker Faire, and WNC Garlic Fest, an eclectic collection of 20 festivals and cultural events received approval for a total of $86,500 in support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority at its recent meeting on Oct. 30.

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Kit Cramer talks tourism and economy

Kit Cramer talks tourism and economy

Kit Cramer, President & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, answered questions from a UNC Asheville student journalist about tourism and the economy of Asheville. In the article, Cramer discusses the positives of tourism in relation to Asheville’s economy and responds to questions regarding increased rent prices and local job sectors.

Read more from her interview in this article from Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Tourism Cares

Panel discussion reveals emerging leadership dynamics

Panel discussion reveals emerging leadership dynamics

Panelists for the Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast series finale, held Aug. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Resort’s Expo Center, included, from left, Stephanie Brown of Explore Asheville; Debra Campbell of the city of Asheville; Avril Pinder of Buncombe County; and Lakesha McDay of Dogwood Health Trust. Nancy Cable, far right, is the chancellor of UNC Asheville and moderated the discussion.

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Tourism Industry Supports Local Nonprofits

Tourism Industry Supports Local Nonprofits

“We are continually amazed by the philanthropic nature of our culinary and hospitality community here and how generous they are to the local community,” says Mary Nesbitt, chief development officer of Asheville-based hunger relief nonprofit MANNA FoodBank. “The contributions they make are immeasurable.”

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Perspectives

Planning for the Future of Tourism in Buncombe County | OPINION

Planning for the Future of Tourism in Buncombe County | OPINION

Here at the culmination of National Tourism Week (May 5-11) and with the start of the summer travel season on the horizon, the timing feels right to shine a light on the public good that we can attribute to tourism and share the ways that lodging tax revenue will be activated to help manage impacts and plan future investments for the benefit of both Asheville area residents and visitors.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Explore Asheville 101 Orientation – December 11

    Wednesday, December 11, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  2. BCTDA Board Meeting – December 2019

    Wednesday, December 18, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. Explore Asheville 101 Orientation – January 8

    Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

What’s New

21 Local Festivals and Cultural Events Receive Funding from Buncombe County TDA

21 Local Festivals and Cultural Events Receive Funding from Buncombe County TDA

From time-honored events such as Shindig on the Green, Asheville Holiday Parade, and the Sourwood Festival, to relative newcomers like Asheville Celtic Festival, Asheville Mini Maker Faire, and WNC Garlic Fest, an eclectic collection of 20 festivals and cultural events received approval for a total of $86,500 in support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority at its recent meeting on Oct. 30.

read more
Kit Cramer talks tourism and economy

Kit Cramer talks tourism and economy

Kit Cramer, President & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, answered questions from a UNC Asheville student journalist about tourism and the economy of Asheville. In the article, Cramer discusses the positives of tourism in relation to Asheville’s economy and responds to questions regarding increased rent prices and local job sectors.

Read more from her interview in this article from Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

read more

Tourism Cares

Panel discussion reveals emerging leadership dynamics

Panel discussion reveals emerging leadership dynamics

Panelists for the Leadership Asheville Buzz Breakfast series finale, held Aug. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Resort’s Expo Center, included, from left, Stephanie Brown of Explore Asheville; Debra Campbell of the city of Asheville; Avril Pinder of Buncombe County; and Lakesha McDay of Dogwood Health Trust. Nancy Cable, far right, is the chancellor of UNC Asheville and moderated the discussion.

read more
Tourism Industry Supports Local Nonprofits

Tourism Industry Supports Local Nonprofits

“We are continually amazed by the philanthropic nature of our culinary and hospitality community here and how generous they are to the local community,” says Mary Nesbitt, chief development officer of Asheville-based hunger relief nonprofit MANNA FoodBank. “The contributions they make are immeasurable.”

read more

Perspectives

Planning for the Future of Tourism in Buncombe County | OPINION

Planning for the Future of Tourism in Buncombe County | OPINION

Here at the culmination of National Tourism Week (May 5-11) and with the start of the summer travel season on the horizon, the timing feels right to shine a light on the public good that we can attribute to tourism and share the ways that lodging tax revenue will be activated to help manage impacts and plan future investments for the benefit of both Asheville area residents and visitors.

read more

Upcoming Events

  1. Explore Asheville 101 Orientation – December 11

    Wednesday, December 11, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  2. BCTDA Board Meeting – December 2019

    Wednesday, December 18, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  3. Explore Asheville 101 Orientation – January 8

    Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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