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Henderson County News

Wayfinding signs guide visitors to our attractions

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Visitors and local motorists alike can more easily find attractions, public parking, government offices, parks and other destinations thanks to the countywide wayfinding project the Tourism Development Authority has now completed.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | wayfinding signs

Henderson County Business

Tourism spending up 6½ percent in Henderson County

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Henderson County Business

Vote for Hendersonville as South's Best City

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority is encouraging residents and fans of downtown to vote for Hendersonville as the South’s Best City in the annual South’s Best contest sponsored by Southern Living magazine.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

Board taps Clarke over Warwick as TDA chair

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners appointed Shannon Clarke as chair of the Tourism Development Authority in a 3-2 vote.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Mark Warwick

Henderson County Business

TDA looking at another new logo

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The ink was scarcely dry on its last new logo when the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority ordered up a new design. The new edgier edition received a lukewarm reception fron board members on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

TDA support boosts trail momentum

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Friends of Ecusta Trail board member Chris Burns thanked the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority last week for its decision to allocate a half-cent of the county’s 5-cent occupancy tax, which will total roughly $70,000, to support the proposed Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ecusta Trail | greenways | bicycling

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

TDA allocates portion of lodging tax to Ecusta Trail

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority agreed on Tuesday to allocate a portion of the county hotel tax to construction of the Ecusta Trail.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ecusta Trail

Henderson County News

TDA OKs last cash needed for Playhouse cleanup

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority on Tuesday authorized $35,000 in emergency funding for the Flat Rock Playhouse, the last allocation needed for a mold remediation job theater officials say must happen to save the 2015 season.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about county's new brand

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Ask Matt

Henderson County Business

County tourism spending up 6.78 percent

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Tourism spending in Henderson County last year rose 6.78 percent over 2012 and the county advanced two notches among North Carolina's 100 counties in travel impact, to 15th.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

TDA names branding team

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Henderson County will soon have a new image manager to promote its attractions and new signs pointing them out.     Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Picante' with Ruben Orengo kicks off new concert series

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The new Monday Night Live! concert series opens tonight with Picante! with Ruben Orengo.   Read Story »

Tags: downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: 'Four Seasons' tells the tale

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The Hendersonville City Council spent most of a day this month brainstorming about Hendersonville's image.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Hendersonville City Council | tourists | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

Consultant: County should rebrand tourism promotion

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Henderson County should amp up its tourism sales pitch, target a younger segment of the market and train its employees and Visitors Center volunteers to sell sell sell, a consultant says.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Life

Grape Expectations: Wineries launch inaugural festival

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Henderson County's fledgling wine industry hopes to make the first Mountain Wine & Music Festival a catalyst for wine tourism.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards | Henderson County wine industry | Burntshirt Vineyards | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County News

Under eviction threat, TDA complies with county demand

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority today agreed to the terms of an agreement on Heritage Museum funding and future ownership of assets under what board members described as an ultimatum and a threat of eviction.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Politics

Messer, TDA in fight over museum funding

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A dispute over museum funding has turned into a nasty fight between the Henderson County Board of Commissioners and the Tourism Development Authority.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

County tourism spending rose in 2012, report says

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Henderson County saw a 4.3 percent increase in tourism spending in 2012 over the previous year, the state Commerce Department said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Fuss erupts over Music on Main

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Large crowds for Music on Main at the new stage at the Visitors Center have led to a big fuss.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | tourism | Music on Main | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Life

Tourism agency approves grants

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority awarded $25,670 in grants on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | non-profit organizations

Henderson County Politics

Lawmakers delete Playhouse from potential bed tax hike

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The state Legislature has granted the Henderson County Board of Commissioners the authority to raise the lodging tax without directing the proceeds to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

Garden Jubilee attracts happy planters

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In near perfect weather, a throng of gardeners and browers filled Main Street on Saturday for the 20th annual Garden Jubilee.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | Gardening | Garden Jubilee | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

Playhouse touts TripAdvisor endorsement

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The Flat Rock Playhouse has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, a designation that the theater says enhances its appeal as a travel designation.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

Study explores why people vacation here

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By next fall, the county's tourism promoting agency will have a detailed report on who comes to Henderson County and why, how much they spend and what they do while they're here.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

Rhythm and Brews concert series on tap downtown

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is teaming up with the city of Hendersonville and the Friends of Ecusta Trail to bring a summer concert series downtown.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Sierra Nevada | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Main Street Advisory Committee

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Collaboration emerges as 2013 key

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Chuck Edwards, the new Henderson County Chamber of Commerce chairman, was talking in an interview with the Lightning about the chamber's 2013 goals.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Chamber of Commerce | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Henderson County Partnership for Economic | Development

Henderson County Business

First tourism conference aims to boost business

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The first-ever Henderson County Tourism Conference is designed to help retailers, restaurants, attractions and accommodations promote their business and grab a greater share of North Carolina tourism dollars, Tourism director Beth Carden says.   Read Story »

Tags: travel | tourism | Beth Carden | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Flat Rock Business

Tourism agency buys $25,000 worth of Playhouse tickets

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Reversing a decision in November, the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to buy $25,000 worth of Playhouse tickets and use them to promote extended stays in county hotel rooms.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Flat Rock Business

Playhouse appeals for help as cash crisis worsens

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FLAT ROCK —  Flat Rock Playhouse faces a financial crisis that caused the theater's leaders this week to appeal for help meeting the bills for the remainder of the year and staying alive for next season.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | tourism | Vincent Marini | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Bill McKibbin

Flat Rock Business

Former Playhouse manager talks about theater's changes

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Dale Bartlett, the last of the leadership team that bridged the gap between the death of Robin Farquhar and the arrival of Vincent Marini, has left the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Vincent Marini | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Dale Bartlett

Henderson County Business

Tourism dips in July

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Room nights in Henderson County dropped slightly in July for the first time since July 2011, county Travel and Tourism figures show.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock appoints Backlund to tourism board

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Village Council appointed Carl Sandburg National Historic Site superintendent Connie Backlund to the new Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, leaving just one unfilled seat on the nine-member body.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Village Council | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Connie Backlund

Henderson County News

Commissioners punt on Playhouse tax

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The showdown didn't happen.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse pokes fun at political fuss

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse actors poked fun at the politics swirling around the theater Monday night during the annual Dark Night Revue fundraiser.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County News

County appoints leader for new Tourism Authority

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners began the process Monday of restructuring the county tourism promotion activities under a new Tourism Development Authority, appointing former county manager and current Apple Festival director David Nicholson as chairman and preserving current employees' status as county employees.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Hendersonville News

City demurs on chance to weigh in on Playhouse tax

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The Hendersonville City Council members, given the opportunity to take a position on the politically charged tourism tax for Flat Rock Playhouse, knew a third rail when they saw one. No thanks, they said, you guys go ahead.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse beach proposal draws fire from critics

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse administrators have been negotiating with businessmen in North Myrtle Beach a plan to bring shows to the beach but have no plans to own a theater there, the Playhouse director and a chamber executive at the beach say.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

They said what?!! (the Flat Rock Playhouse transcript)

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Here are excerpts from public debate, comments and interviews by the Hendersonville Lightning about the Flat Rock Playhouse and proposed occupancy tax.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Flat Rock Opinion

10 reasons to support the Playhouse tax

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Ten reasons why the Henderson County Board of Commissioners should raise the occupancy tax and direct the money to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority