Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority
This is the second part of a two-part interview with outgoing Asheville City Councilman Vijay Kapoor.
Earlier this year, Asheville tourism officials took $5 million of hotel room tax collections and created a Covid-19 emergency relief fund to help tourism-related businesses in Buncombe County.
The proposed legislation, titled the "Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Act," must be approved by the N.C. General Assembly.
With the city's tourism industry in stasis, local small business owners must start getting creative, while local residents should consider doubling down on the "buy local" movement, McCall writes.
The new LEAF Global Arts Center is set for a Feb. 14 opening.
Buncombe TDA members responded to a recent opinion piece criticizing the tourism board.
Here are two from the list of about 20 awardees: Winter Lights at The N.C. Arboretum received $10,000, the Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain received $9,000.
Airport officials recently agreed to contract with the architectural and engineering firm Gresham Smith for the design and engineering of a multi-million dollar airport terminal renovation and expansion project.
Also, the Asheville Homestay Network is getting better organized.
There are two public meetings today (Thursday) and a third Friday, as well as an online survey.
As things stand right now, Asheville City Council will have district elections in 2020.
The biggest request came from Buncombe County's recreation services department seeking $6 million for a greenway and for Buncombe County Sports Park improvements.
The new culinary event is planned for September.
Also, a lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners takes on the manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and more.
It's time for the increased regulation of Airbnb rentals in Asheville, the hoteliers said Wednesday at a Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority meeting.
The hotel aims to attract younger visitors with a special attention to spiffy lighting, sleek design and sharp, quick service. Rooms are smaller, and there are technology touches.
Also, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority meets this week to discuss funding a Woodfin blueway project, and more.
Also, the Buncombe County TDA's retreat is set for March 23-24 at Lioncrest.
Asheville tourism officials are spending more than $20,000 on the marketing partnership with the popular bluegrass band.
The popular visitors center will remain at the Montford Avenue location.
The recognition will fuel an ongoing debate about the impacts of tourism on the mountain metropolis.
Asheville Community Theatre was awarded $1 million for an big expansion and renovation project.
Local hotel owners and executives aren't happy with the direction City Council is headed.
Also, the Buncombe County TDA releases details about a new festival fund it has created, and much more.
Also, Trade & Lore coffee shop is expanding its offerings, and much more.
The cancellations come as the Asheville area has seen strong hotel room sales through winter and early spring.
Also, occupancy rates at Buncombe County hotels rose in January of this year as compared to January 2015, and more.
Also, Tupelo Honey plans to open a restaurant in Denver, and much more.
October 2015 will still go down as the second best month for hotel occupancy rates on record, tourism officials said Wednesday.
An urban creamery? New greenways? A nonprofit glass blowing studio? A farm-to-table food destination?
Some local residents want revenue from the potential new tax used for city projects, but hoteliers want it spent to attract more tourists
The tourists are coming. The tourists are coming. Wait. The tourists are here. The tourists are here.
The Mullen ad agency told local tourism officials it planned "to amplify the magnetism of Asheville."
The Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, which organized the meeting, wants to raise awareness about a TDA fund that gives money to tourism projects.
The two-year saga of the peeling signs comes to an end.