A tourism development authority is the vehicle created by the State of North Carolina to oversee the collection and investment of occupancy taxes paid by people who stay overnight in commercial lodging establishments, such as hotels and motels, bed and breakfast operations, and short-term rentals such as Airbnb and VRBOs.
Created in 1983 by an act of the North Carolina Legislature, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) oversees the Asheville/Buncombe destination marketing and sales efforts that attract 4.2 million overnight visitors, providing a base of customers that spend $2.2 billion at local businesses and generate a total $3.3 billion economic impact for the community. BCTDA has also supported 39 community capital projects with $44 million in Tourism Product Development Fund grants.
As a state-created public authority, the members of the BCTDA have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that occupancy tax dollars are spent in accordance with the specific legislation governing their use.
To be a leader in the economic development of Buncombe County by attracting and servicing visitors, generating income, jobs and tax revenues, which make the community a better place to live and visit.
Asheville/Buncombe County will retain its unique, authentic and environmental charm while welcoming global visitors searching for personal enrichment and memorable experiences.