Tourism Development Authority
The proposed legislation, titled the "Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Act," must be approved by the N.C. General Assembly.
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.
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, the Buncombe County TDA's retreat is set for March 23-24 at Lioncrest.
The biggest request is $20 million over seven years for development on the South Slope.
Asheville's "brand promise" from tourism officials to visitors is that they will have a "life enriching experience" every time they visit - guaranteed.
Asheville has lost 9 planned meeting events because of the controversial new state law, a loss of at least $1 million.
Apply now for a slice of the Buncombe County hotel room tax revenue.
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.
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.
Last year, Buncombe TDA allotted nearly $5 million to such projects.
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.