21 Local Festivals and Cultural Events Receive Funding from Buncombe County TDA

From time-honored events such as Shindig on the Green, Asheville Holiday Parade, and the Sourwood Festival, to relative newcomers like Asheville Celtic Festival, Asheville Mini Maker Faire, and WNC Garlic Fest, an eclectic collection of 20 festivals and cultural events received approval for a total of $86,500 in support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority at its recent meeting on Oct. 30.

Kit Cramer talks tourism and economy

Kit Cramer, President & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, answered questions from a UNC Asheville student journalist about tourism and the economy of Asheville. In the article, Cramer discusses the positives of tourism in relation to Asheville’s economy and responds to questions regarding increased rent prices and local job sectors.

Read more from her interview in this article from Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Buncombe Tourism Development Authority’s Initiative to Manage Tourism Continues; Public Forum Scheduled for Oct. 23

Following a thorough assessment of existing conditions, community plans, and future needs, the project team will present results of the surveys and other findings related to Buncombe County’s authentic heritage, local economy, capacity and affordability, infrastructure and capital investment, and connectivity at a free public forum on Oct. 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m., at AB Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium.

Agency Campaign Overview

It was paramount that we conveyed the authentic spirit of the Asheville area. We prioritized platforms that allow for sight, sound and motion in order to showcase the beauty and vibrancy of the area and all there is to do. From the cast of people featured in the campaign, to the crew behind the scenes to the team at Echo Mountain who created the music, we worked with locals because they know the area best and contribute to the spirit of the community.

Brand-New Innkeepers Find Advertising Success with Explore Asheville

Dan and Diane Rogers, innkeepers at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, say ExploreAsheville.com is the top site for referrals to their website.

“It is eye-opening to track my marketing spends,” she shares. “I’m thrilled I have really good clicks from ExploreAsheville.com. I recommend the site because it drives traffic to my website that converts to bookings.”

Read more about their story in this article from Simpleview.