Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Board

Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority Board

Buncombe County TDA Overview

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority is a public authority with a public purpose to enhance the economic vitality of Buncombe County. It does this by attracting visitors to the community to spend money at local businesses, providing jobs, generating tax revenue and creating facilities for residents. In addition, the entrepreneurs and organizations that are supported by visitors make our community a more vibrant and interesting place to live.

The BCTDA was established by State law to administer the occupancy tax according to the enabling legislation. The composition of the board and qualifications of its members are detailed in the legislation.

BCTDA Board Members: Community Volunteers

The 11 volunteers who serve as members of the BCTDA board are selected 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 of these represent accommodations who 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 people to Buncombe County and manage the Tourism Product Development Fund which provides grants to community projects.

Meet the Volunteers on the BCTDA Board

Himanshu Karvir, Board Chair
Virtelle Hospitality
City Appointed

Gary Froeba, Vice Chair
The Omni Grove Park Inn
County Appointed

Leah Ashburn
Highland Brewing Company
County Appointed

Andrew Celwyn
Herbiary
City Appointed

Brenda Durden
Asheville Hotel Group
County Appointed

John Luckett
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
City Appointed

John McKibbon
McKibbon Hospitality
County Appointed

Kathleen Mosher
Biltmore
Chamber Appointed

James Poole
The Foundry Hotel Asheville, Curio Collection By Hilton
City Appointed

Commissioner Joe Belcher
Buncombe County Commission
Ex-Officio Member

Councilmember Julie Mayfield
Asheville City Council
Ex-Officio Member