Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF)

Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF)

BUNCOMBE COUNTY TOURISM JOBS RECOVERY FUND

UPDATE! Legislation was signed into law on May 4 by Gov. Roy Cooper that allows the Buncombe County TDA to appropriate $5 million from unspent funds currently remaining in the Tourism Product Development Fund – that is, funds that have been collected, but not awarded – to establish the Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund. Buncombe County businesses and nonprofit organizations that provide a direct visitor experience can apply for emergency grants to help with restarting their businesses when restrictions are modified. Read more here

Funding for Tourism Product Development grants that were awarded prior to the pandemic will continue to be held in an escrow account dedicated to that project. Funds collected moving forward will be available to fund future TPDF grants. 

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, through the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF), has awarded $44 million to 39 community tourism projects since 2001.

In October 2018, the BCTDA announced it will pause the TPDF cycle in 2019 while it pursues a process that will result in a long-range plan that can serve as a blueprint for continued collaboration to address infrastructure and sustainability needs. Read the announcement here. In February 2019, the BCTDA approved funding for the Tourism Management & Investment Plan to Develop Community Assets (TMIP), a yearlong community engagement process to better manage tourism and plan investments for the next decade, while maintaining the character and integrity of the region. Learn about TMIP here.

Photo: Explore Asheville President & CEO Stephanie Brown at a TPDF check presentation for the US Cellular Center (now known as Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville) with Asheville City Councilmember Julie Mayfield during a Steep Canyon Rangers concert. The facility has received a total of $5,675,000 in TPDF funding through a series of grants in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Upcoming Events

  1. Explore Asheville Virtual Partner Forum: Marketing Update **CANCELLED**

    Wednesday, June 3, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. BCTDA Board Meeting – June 2020

    Wednesday, June 24, 9:00 am - 11:00 am