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Asheville Business

Edwards appointed to state Tourism Board

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards, who represents three tourism-rich counties, has been appointed to the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Polk, Henderson counties lead state in tourism gains

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Henderson County ranked third highest in the state in gains in tourism spending and tourism employment in 2017 over the previous year, the state Commerce Department reported Thursday. Polk County, where tourists are flocking to the Tryon Equestrian Center, was No. 1 in both categories. Buncombe County had the fifth largest increase in visitor spending.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Tryon Equestrian Center | World Equestrian Games

Henderson County News

Big party planned to draw Equestrian Games visitors

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When she read that the World Equestrian Games would bring thousands of well-heeled fans to Mill Spring, Darlene Das wondered what Hendersonville was doing to host them.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | tourists | Tryon International Equestrian Center | Tryon Equestrian Center | World Equestrian Games

Etowah Business

80-year-old Brightwaters Guesthouse restored and reopened

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The 80-year-old Brightwaters Guesthouse and surrounding property has been restored and reopened as rental housing.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Horse Shoe | historic homes

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 News

TDA awards grants to festivals

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about tourism and Tar Heel signs

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Tags: UNC basketball | tourism | Ask Matt | basketball

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 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 »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Business

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Thousands turn out for opening of horse center

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Well, they couldn’t have planned that any better.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Tryon Equestrian Partners

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 invites nonprofits to apply for tourism promotion grants

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The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority has invited nonprofit organizations to apply for advertising funding through the 2015-16 budget year.   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 »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Hospitality industry honors Sen. Apodaca

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N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association, the leading association for North Carolina's $18.8 billion hospitality industry, has named Sen. Tom Apodaca as its Hospitality Champion of the Year.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | 2014 state Senate race

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 Business

$40 fares fill new AVL-to-Punta Gorda flights

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The new Allegiant airline route from Asheville to Punta Gorda was made to order for Donna Stout, who owns the White Squirrel gift shop in Brevard and also has a home in the southwest Florida city.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Asheville Regional Airport Authority | Asheville Regional Airport | air travel

Henderson County News

Events, park admission honor veterans

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Chimney Rock State Park and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site are offering free admission, Fletcher  honors veterans on Saturday afternoon and the Hendersonville Rotary Club honors its veteran next week. Here's a roundup of Veterans Day events:   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Veterans Day | military veterans | military affairs | Chimney Rock State Park

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

Fletcher Life

Fair boasts record crowd, 13 newborns

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FLETCHER — Nice weather helped the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair draw a record crowd. The final count was 191,596 people, 75 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts used for Krispy Kreme burgers and 13 newborns.   Read Story »

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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 »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority

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 News

A Hart for the theater: Playhouse finance chief watches budget

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Hillary Hart was the rare high school student who knew her heart and her limitations at the same time.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | theater | tourism | Vincent Marini | Hillary Hart | performing arts

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

North Carolina Politics

Senate appoints Danos to tourism board

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Robert Danos, a summer camp program director, Flat Rock Playhouse board member and former Henderson County Republican Party chairman, was appointed to the North Carolina Tourism Board on Tuesday.   Read Story »

Tags: NC politics | tourism | Robert Danos

Hendersonville News

Cycles and beers and bears, oh my

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If it's March, it must be time to plan the many outdoor events in festival-rich Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | tourism | Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Rhythm & Brews concert series

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

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

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

Henderson County Life

King Apple parade entries open

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Love a parade? Line up for the King Apple, the granddaddy of them all in these parts.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | NC Apple Festival | King Apple Parade

Henderson County Business

UPDATE: Carden avoids crossfire as tax debate looms

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When Beth Carden says she was "finally relieved" to get the official stamp as director of Henderson County's Travel and Tourism agency, it's easy to see why.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Beth Carden

Hendersonville Business

THORNS & ROSES: Let's not stop the music

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Thorn — To the Hendersonville City Council, for traveling down a risky road that could set back impressive progress toward downtown vitality.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Boys & Girls Club | tourism | Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young

Henderson County Politics

Marshall says DNC could boost NC mountains

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Elaine Marshall, a Democrat, is running for a fifth term as North Carolina's secretary of state. She spoke with the Hendersonville Lightning during a campaign swing through Hendersonville recently.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | NC secretary of state Elaine Marshall | Democratic National Convention

Henderson County Life

Historic Hendersonville Tour starts its second year.

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Saluda Life

Saluda Art Festival rings up sales

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SALUDA — Sara Bell served a steady stream of customers, selling beer and bottled water in front of her river guiding business, Green River Adventures.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | tourism | Cathy Jackson

Saluda Life

Festival favorites returning to Saluda

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The ninth annual Saluda Arts Festival brings back several artists that have become favorites of festival goers.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | tourism | Saluda Arts Festival

Hendersonville Life

ECCO bringing beach to mountains

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A downtown aquarium will bring the beach to the mountains next fall during the two-day Art on Main show.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | ECCO | BJ Ramer | Art on Main | downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County Business

County T&T earmarks $100,000 for new stage

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Henderson County's Travel and Tourism agency agreed this week to set aside $100,000 for a permanent stage and outdoor pavilion next to the T&T headquarters.   Read Story »

Tags: tourism | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Music on Main | NC Apple Festival

Hendersonville Business

Travel & Tourism awards grants

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The Henderson County Travel & Tourism board has awarded $30,000 worth of grants to organizations and events that bring tourists to Hendersonville. Organizations submitted requests totaling $60,904.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | travel | tourism | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board