Tourists spend about $1.5 billion in Buncombe County every year and the fourth annual Creative Sector Summit will explore opportunities for local artists to raise that number and better benefit from it. The series of panel discussions, workshops and other events will unfold Thursday-Sunday, March 20-23, at venues throughout downtown Asheville.
The tourism industry already brings in $2.3 billion annually to Buncombe County. That’s up from roughly $183 million 30 years ago. But to continue to grow local visitation, government officials and business owners need to “anticipate trends that are shaping the future,” says Mike Konzen, a leading global consultant.
About 150 community leaders gathered Dec. 11 to discuss Asheville’s strengths as a tourism destination, learn about new projects in the works, and share ideas for the future.
On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners will consider spending $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 acres of land from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominey area.
The family feud continues over where to store renowned electronic instrument inventor Bob Moog’s archives, with his widow and the president of his daughter’s foundation releasing dueling statements.
The state of the Asheville area economy is getting stronger, with job numbers nearing prerecession levels, but wages remain stagnant, according to panelists at the 14th annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook.
A move to ship Bob Moog’s archives from Asheville to New York is creating family discord over the best way to preserve the late inventor’s legacy.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is now closed from Milepost 375, a few miles north of Asheville, to Milepost 355 at N.C. 128/Mount Mitchell State Park, according to the National Park Service.
I understand that nostalgia is popular, but I have to ask, at what cost? A horse sharing the pavement with motor vehicles has never been a good mix, and the new business of offering carriage rides in downtown Asheville seems quite problematic. Besides questioning the humaneness of forcing a single horse to pull a heavy […]
After a four year winning streak, Asheville lost its title of ‘Beer City USA’ to Grand Rapids, Mich., according to poll results released May 13.
Just in time for the busy spring tourist season, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen a stretch of roadway connecting the popular Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell State Park areas.
Asheville made another top ten list today, but this one’s not going to please the local chamber of commerce.
A little less than two months ago I migrated to Asheville from New York City, as many did before me. I came for the spiritual vibe, to surround myself with positive people and take in the beauty of the Appalachians. Relaxed and eased into this welcomed community from day one, I am now starting to […]
The Blue Ridge Parkway’s new plan aims to provide guidance for perpetuating natural systems, preserving cultural resources, and providing opportunities for high-quality visitor experiences along the parkway for the next 20+ years. After more than 75 years since the parkway was established, this is its first comprehensive management plan.
Shame on the Grove Park Inn for charging $10 for self-parking. Every year it has been a tradition in our family to go and see the display of gingerbread houses and other holiday decorations. We bring our out-of-town guests who enjoy shopping in the Grove Park Inn stores, buying refreshments and, most importantly, seeing the […]
I hope you might be able to help me recognize a recent exceptional experience that my friends and I from Colorado had with Liberty Bikes in Asheville. We were on a three-week cycling trip through North Carolina (it was all wonderful), and needed advice regarding the opportunity in the Asheville area. Eight of us converged […]
The new Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville at 51 Biltmore Ave is nearing completion and Xpress recently took a behind-the-scenes tour.
Thank you, thank you for keeping a frequent visitor of Asheville in the know. I'm not a "tourist." Even though I don't live in Asheville, I visit frequently enough that this feels like my second home. So, the first thing (OK, maybe the second thing, after I get my hands on a chicken sandwich from […]
In what could be a “Welcome to Asheville” postcard, a street performer dressed as the Hindu Goddess Kali poses with the Stardoves (Dr. Raja and Professor Moira), who were both charmed by her presence.
“Where you can dance to the beat of a different drum…” Asheville’s vibe is the focus of this 30-second ad produced for Buncombe County Tourism and Development Authority.
It’s a preschool, it offers custom art studio session and, now, Roots + Wings is also working on a tourist-oriented retreat package.