Fall Is Coming: What's Ahead for Your Business?
Got news? Explore Asheville wants to help you share it!

The fall and holiday seasons are fast approaching and news outlets are excited to hear what’s happening in Asheville! The Explore Asheville PR and content teams are already planning ahead to share your stories. Please use this quick form to submit your fall news no later than Friday, August 19, to be included in fall pre-publicity efforts.

SUBMIT BY AUG. 19: Fall News

Got holiday news? We want that, too!

We also want to hear your holiday plans! (And we're already in the beginning stages of collecting good news for our “What’s New in 2023” release as well.) Simply use the same submission form as above, filling out the relevant fields. Pro tip: Bookmark that page and submit your info when you are able!

Project Seeks to Address Homelessness in Our Community
You are invited to provide feedback via a quick survey

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is working with the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, and the Dogwood Health Trust on a needs assessment and recommendations for comprehensive solutions to address homelessness, especially unsheltered homelessness. As part of its efforts, the Alliance invites you to complete a survey (taking approximately 5-7 minutes) on your understanding of and opinions about homelessness and the response to homelessness in the community. This survey is designed for individuals who are residents and/or property owners in the City of Asheville and/or Buncombe County.

Trade Shows, Client Events, FAM Tours & More
Ops for partners to collaborate with the Explore Asheville Sales Team

The Explore Asheville Group Sales Team builds Asheville as a national-level group destination for the meeting, motorcoach, and sports and AAA markets. How can partners get in on the action? Check out the array of trade shows, client events and familiarization tours (i.e., FAM tours), and other opportunities in the 2022-2023 Groups Sales & Services Program of Work.

VIEW: Group Sales Program of Work

Learn even more ways to get involved with the Groups Sales team>>

Want to Reach Visitors? Here's a Top Opportunity
Now taking orders for ads in the 2023 Official Asheville Visitor Guide

Ad sales for the 2023 Official Asheville Visitor Guide are now underway with an early-bird deadline of October 26. Did you know:

  • 83% of undecided travelers were influenced to choose a destination after reviewing a visitor guide.
  • 88% have used a visitor guide to help plan a vacation.
  • 79% of visitors picked up a visitor guide or brochure.
  • 62% of visitors say printed visitor guides are extremely important.

Want to learn more? Contact Account Executive Terri Wells at 828.776.8886 or via email .


Good News for Festival & Cultural Event Organizers
Application period opening soon for grant funding for 2023 events

Over the years, an eclectic collection of festivals and events have received grants from the Buncombe County TDA's Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund, ranging from time-honored happenings such as Shindig on the Green and Black Mountain's Sourwood Festival to cultural celebrations like the Blue Ridge Pride Festival and Goombay. The fund is made possible with revenue earned through advertising sales and lodging reservations booked on  

Explore Asheville will host an informational webinar on August 29, from 3 to 4 p.m. for organizers of 2023 events who wish to learn more about the grant program. Following the webinar, the online application portal will open at 5 p.m., with submissions due on September 27. Awards will be announced on October 26 and grants disbursed after successful completion of each event in 2023.

WEBINAR SIGN UP: Festivals & Cultural Events Grant Program

Note: As part of a separate program and process, Buncombe-based nonprofits providing professional and community development opportunities that serve the local community are also eligible to apply for sponsorships from the Buncombe County TDA. The quarterly application deadline for sponsorships is August 15. Get information here >>

Events supported by the Buncombe County TDA through grants & sponsorships align with strategic pillars

In alignment with Explore Asheville's strategic pillars, the BCTDA is a supporter of the following upcoming community events through sponsorships or the Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund.

* Continues monthly through September


Explore Asheville Announces Partnership with US Open
Asheville in the international spotlight as official tourism partner

Asheville has been a home for the U.S. Billie Jean King Cup team three times in the last five years. Our relationship with the U.S. Tennis Association and Asheville’s reputation as a creative, vibrant community for leisure travel, business groups and sports events has been elevated with the announcement that Explore Asheville is the official tourism partner of the U.S. Open, August 29-September 11.

Ticket sales have spiked in the wake of Serena Williams' recent announcement that she will retire from the sport after playing in the grand slam tournament. Here's some of the media coverage so far:

Other recent media hits spotlight Asheville's outdoors & food scene


August 15
  • WHAT: Quarterly sponsorship application deadline for Buncombe-based nonprofits providing professional & community development opportunities that serve the local community. Applicants notified within 2 weeks of quarterly review dates.
  • MORE INFO: Available here>>
Aug 19
  • WHAT: Deadline for partners to send fall news & updates to the Explore Asheville PR & content teams for consideration in seasonal publicity (see first article in this newsletter).
  • HOW: Use the online form here >>
August 29
  • WHAT: Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund Webinar
  • WHEN: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Via Zoom
  • HOW: Register here >>
  • WHAT: Buncombe County TDA: Monthly Meeting
  • WHEN: 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • WHERE: Center for Craft | 67 Broadway St.| Asheville
  • MORE INFO: Details to come here >>
  • WHAT: 2022 Buncombe County TDA Annual Meeting & Reception, presented by Explore Asheville
  • WHEN: 3:00–6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: DoubleTree Biltmore | 115 Hendersonville Rd.| Asheville
  • MORE INFO: Details & register here >>
sept 27
  • WHAT: Application deadline for the Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund grant program for events taking place in calendar year 2023
  • HOW: Apply through the online application portal, which will open at 5 p.m. on August 29.
  • MORE INFO: Available here>>


New West Asheville Content on
Video & feature stories part of a collection of neighborhood microsites

There are so many places to love, things to do, and people to meet in Asheville and Buncombe County! The Explore Asheville content team is further developing the collection of microsites spotlighting nearby towns and neighborhoods that visitors (and residents!) will want to explore and enjoy. The newest addition focuses on the faces and places of West Asheville – from locally-sourced restaurants and quirky shops to bustling breweries and lively music venues.

VIEW: Spotlight on West Asheville


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