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 Appointed According to Legislation
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 people to Buncombe County and 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
Leah Wong Ashburn, Treasurer of the Nonprofit
Highland Brewing Company
The Foundry Hotel
The Grand Bohemian Asheville
FIRC Group, Inc.
Councilmember Sandra Kilgore
Asheville City Council
Commissioner Robert Pressley
Buncombe County Commission