Explore Our Collective Accomplishments in the FY23 Annual Report
Highlighting 40 Years of Our Destination's Performance & Achievements

We are pleased to share our Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report, a comprehensive reflection of the BCTDA and Explore Asheville’s performance and achievements over the past year. As we navigate the evolving post-Covid landscape for our industry and community, we are proud and grateful for our community, partners, and team's resilience, dedication, and innovation.

We encourage you to flip through the pages of the FY23 Annual Report to celebrate our recent collective achievements and where we’re headed together.

Reflect on Signicant Milestones in the FY23 Report
The Welcome Bag Gift Guide is Now Live
Connecting Meeting Planners and Groups to Authentic Asheville Goods

The Welcome Bag Gift Guide is now live on the EA website! The guide is an excellent resource for meeting planners, wedding planners, etc. to access our local community and their unique goods. We will continue to accept submissions to build the most robust and representative listing of local products available.

View Our Welcome Bag Gift Guide
Apply for the 2024 Festival & Cultural Event Support Fund
The Application Portal Closes Two Weeks From Today

Buncombe County-based nonprofits and municipal partners are invited to apply online for 2024 event grants until 5 pm Friday, October 27. Awards will be announced during the November BCTDA Board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Grants will be disbursed after successfully completing each event in 2024.

Apply for the 2024 F&CE Support Fund Now
Covening, Connecting, and Supporting LGBTQIA+ Businesses
Show Your PRIDE Year-Round With Our New Window Cling

This past summer Explore Asheville hosted a roundtable discussion on the difficulties encountered by the LGBTQIA+ community within the travel and tourism industry. Following the discussion, the Partnership & Destination Management Department formed a designated LGBTQIA+ working group of Explore Asheville staff, local queer business owners, and community leaders to begin addressing these challenges. 

We unveiled a new window cling at this year's Blue Ridge Pride Festival! We encourage partners to proudly display it, signaling their warm welcome to individuals of all identities in their spaces. Email Kpuryear@exploreasheville.com to have your window cling delivered to your buisness!

Unleash the Ghoul Times with Spooky Seasonal Guides
Haunted Tours, Costume Contests, Family Fun, and Seasonal Delights

With the crisp arrival of autumn, Asheville welcomes a magical time of secrets, surprises, and a hint of the supernatural. This spooky season, our content team has crafted new guides on how to experience Halloween in the Asheville area, how to peep fall colors from new heights and perspectives, and where to get your pumpkin spice latte fix.

    Warm Welcome to Our Newest Partners
     We are Delighted to Shine a Light on Your Creativity
Expand Your Skills at the DIY Tourism Marketing Conference
Hone Digital Skills, Learn New Strategies, and Meet Tourism Experts

Are you looking to tell a more impactful story about your local business or attraction online? Then we hope you’ll join us at the 7th annual DIY Tourism Marketing Conference from November 13–14 right here in Asheville! This tourism-focused conference will provide you with the latest digital strategies, resources, and tools. You’ll learn how to reach more potential visitors and motivate them to visit, as well as how to engage your local community.

We’re excited to offer our partners $100 off their registration by using our special promo code EXPLOREAVL.

Register for the DIY Tourism Marketing Conference

The regular monthly meeting of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) will take place in the Board Room at the offices of Explore Asheville at 9 am on Wednesday, October 25.  All board meetings are open to the public, and the agenda will be posted 48 hours in advance. Following the meeting, all materials will be posted here

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

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