The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority meets monthly. For highlights of each BCTDA board meeting, including links to meeting documents, presentations, and more, check out each month’s Tourism Community Update newsletter.
PRESS RELEASE: Bob Patel, a self-described “accidental hotelier,” is the recipient of the 2021 William A.V. Cecil Tourism Leadership Award for his commitment and contributions to the tourism sector and the community.
PRESS RELEASE: Plans for a walking trail connecting historic Black communities in and around downtown Asheville continue to move forward. Organizers are seeking input from the public to help shape the themes and content.
PRESS RELEASE: Explore Asheville will host an information session for those interested in applying to the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund.
Explore Asheville recently adopted four strategic imperatives tied to broader community goals; one is Encourage Safe & Responsible Travel. Joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council was one of Explore Asheville’s first actions upon adopting this strategic pillar.
The BCTDA’s $5 million community initiative that provided grants to help nearly 400 local small businesses safely reopen, providing the support to protect jobs for local people, won a national award for its impact in the community.
Tourism: Caring for Our Community
It’s been a beloved annual tradition for Explore Asheville to host a hospitality industry back-to-school backpack drive at our Summer Social. Even without the celebration this year, tourism partners can still support United Way.
As businesses boarded up as a precaution during nights of protests, local artists volunteered their time, talent and resources to create powerful and engaging murals on the plywood.
The winning hotels Hilton Garden Inn and Hyatt Place together collect more than 5,500 food items for children in Western North Carolina.
This year’s Business NC list of the state’s top hospitality and tourism leaders includes two current Buncombe County TDA members, lodging and attractions partners, the CVB’s recent interim executive and Explore Asheville’s current President & CEO. See the list here!
Hosted by Leadership Asheville and Asheville Area Arts Council and sponsored by Explore Asheville, this series focuses on Equity in Creative Placemaking with presentations from national recognized experts as well as local professionals.
Hosted by Leadership Asheville and Asheville Area Arts Council and sponsored by Explore Asheville, this series focuses on Equity in Creative Placemaking. The kickoff featured the insights of Mitchell Landrieu to include the issue of removing confederate monuments.