Partner News | June 12, 2024

Remember, Honor, and Celebrate Juneteenth
2024 Celebration Focuses on Education, Appreciation, and Awareness

Juneteenth commemorates the official end of slavery on June 19, 1865, when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Texas—two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, in partnership with the City of Asheville, is hosting a weeklong Juneteenth Celebration featuring educational and festive events across Asheville. Explore the event schedule below and join in learning about and celebrating the liberation of enslaved people.

Honoring the Legacy of Civil Rights Workers
June 17 | 12–1:30 p.m. | Linwood Crump Shiloh Center 

First African American Families of Asheville and Buncombe County
June 18 | 12–1:30 p.m. |
Dr. Wesley Grant Center

Reflections on Gentrification of the African American Neighborhoods
June 20 | 12–1:30 p.m. | Burton Street Recreation Center

Juneteenth Gala
June 20 | 7–9:30 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Center

Early African American Health Care & Today's African American Inequities
June 21 | 12–1:30 p.m. | Tempie-Avery Montford Center

Showcase Your Business's Commitment to Sustainability by Joining the Outdoor NC Movement
90% of Travelers Are Seeking Eco-Friendly Options

We're excited to share that Explore Asheville is partnering with Outdoor NC in the Trail Town Stewardship Program, which recognizes N.C. communities’ diverse trail experiences and commitment to accessible, responsible, and sustainable tourism.

Local businesses are crucial to destination stewardship; recent studies show that 90% of travelers seek sustainable options in their trips, yet 69% of accommodations don't effectively communicate their commitments to the environment. By joining the Outdoor NC Movement, you can use clear labeling to attract eco-conscious visitors and help travelers make choices that benefit our shared outdoor spaces. 

Here are a few ways to get involved:


Cheers to the Heroes of Hospitality!

Thank you to everyone who joined us in recognizing our community's Heroes of Hospitality during National Travel and Tourism Week! We loved bringing our travel and hospitality community together to celebrate the hard work and dedication of more than 30 front-line employees and volunteers. We can't wait to do this again next year! Here's a look back at the photos from the inaugural awards luncheon.

Welcome to Our Newest Partners
     We Are Delighted to Shine a Light on Your Creativity
Ensure Your Business Stands Out on Our New App & Website
Upload New Listing Photos, Descriptions, and Amenities Now!

We're looking forward to the launch of our new website this August! Now is the perfect time to refresh your listing photos, details, and amenities to shine on the new platform.

To update your listing, log in to the Extranet > click "Collateral" > click "Listings" > click "Edit" (pencil icon). 

Want assistance with refreshing your listing? Contact Partnership Coordinator Shelby Pearsall, read our Extranet instruction guides, or schedule a 1-on-1 meeting.

INDIEConfab Series Coming to Asheville July 16–17

Independent Lodging Congress (ILC) is a place of discovery, collaboration, and idea generation for professionals in the independent hospitality space. Panel discussions feature well-known industry leaders and the trailblazing voices of tomorrow who work towards changing the industry for the better. The Confab series explores different cities and their unique hospitality scenes. Through immersion, participation, and conversations, you’ll see how hospitality thrives in our city.

Prepare for Summer Visitors With 2024 Visitor Guides
Order Now for Delivery by Second Week of July

With so much to see and do in Asheville, a jam-packed weekend getaway just isn't enough. That's why the 2024 Official Asheville Visitor Guide features "5 Days, 5 Ways," five-day itineraries for five different types of travelers. These itineraries are tailored to everyone from free-spirited families to the splurge seekers. This is the ultimate guide to spending a few more days in Asheville. Ensure your visitors have everything they need for their Summer travel itinerary by stocking your 2024 Guides today.

June Recipients of Explore Asheville's Event Support Funds
Celebrate Asheville's Creative Spirit With Local Events This Month

Delivering Balanced Recovery & Sustainable Growth | Encouraging Safe & Responsible Travel |
Engaging & Inviting More Diverse Audiences | Promoting & Supporting Asheville's Creative Spirit

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