Buncombe County TDA Overview
As a public authority with a vital public purpose, the members of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority carry on a long and proud legacy that started in 1983 and has inspired economic growth in Asheville, Buncombe County, and Western North Carolina for nearly 40 years.
The 11 volunteers who serve as members of the BCTDA board are appointed according to legislated criteria to provide professional expertise that ensures effective use of the occupancy tax for the people who live here.
- Four members are appointed by Asheville City Council, four by the Buncombe County Commission, and one by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Six represent accommodations that collect the tax and three are from non-lodging, tourism-related businesses.
- One Buncombe County Commissioner and one City Council Member serve as non-voting, ex-officio board members.
The members of the BCTDA oversee the work of the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau to execute an extensive promotional program designed to attract visitors to Buncombe County. The Buncombe County TDA and Explore Asheville also manage the Tourism Product Development Fund, which provides grants to community projects.
Meet the Members of the BCTDA Board
Kathleen Mosher, Board Chair
Brenda Durden, Vice Chair
Asheville Hotel Group
Matthew Lehman, Treasurer of the Nonprofit
The Grand Bohemian Asheville
Leah Wong Ashburn
Highland Brewing Company
The Foundry Hotel
FIRC Group, Inc.
Councilmember Sandra Kilgore
Asheville City Council
Commissioner Robert Pressley
Buncombe County Commission