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.
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.
Also, Down Dog Bar & Yoga Studio is a new business in the works that would combine a yoga studio with a dog bar, and much more.
There are two public meetings today (Thursday) and a third Friday, as well as an online survey.
The public will have the chance to comment on the TDA's spending plan at a June 27 public hearing.
Another factor in bringing the first round of the women's Fed Cup international tennis tournament to Asheville is the overall interest in tennis expressed by a hard core group of fans.
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.
Also, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority meets this week to discuss funding a Woodfin blueway project, and more.
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.
Local hotel owners and executives aren't happy with the direction City Council is headed.
One goal of the app is to turn tourists into engaged visitors, a UGoTour spokesman says.
The biggest request is $20 million over seven years for development on the South Slope.
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.
Also, Asheville-area hotel occupancy rates were up again in February of this year compared to February 2015, and more.
Asheville's "brand promise" from tourism officials to visitors is that they will have a "life enriching experience" every time they visit - guaranteed.
The cancellations come as the Asheville area has seen strong hotel room sales through winter and early spring.
Apply now for a slice of the Buncombe County hotel room tax revenue.
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.
Twenty-five percent of total hotel occupancy tax collections for 2015 went to City of Asheville projects, Buncombe TDA officials noted.
Also, hotel occupancy in November showed a 3 percent increase.
October 2015 will still go down as the second best month for hotel occupancy rates on record, tourism officials said Wednesday.
Scrutiny over tourism officials' pay follows controversy over an increase in the Buncombe County hotel room tax.
The average Asheville tourist is 55 or older, drove to the mountains, stayed 2.44 nights and spent $104 a day.
The tourism projects are vying for hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding.
Buncombe TDA should use part of its hotel room tax proceeds to pay for infrastructure improvements in the city, residents said.
The Buncombe TDA will kick it all off with an info session at 5 p.m. on March 25 at the offices of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The tourists are coming. The tourists are coming. Wait. The tourists are here. The tourists are here.