October 5, 2022

TDA expenses at U.S. Open included $70k on catering, koozies, decor

ASHEVILLE – Besides the $1.3 million the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority spent for advertising at the…

TDA expenses at U.S. Open included k on catering, koozies, decor

ASHEVILLE – Besides the $1.3 million the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority spent for advertising at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, the organization also dropped $70,000 to entertain tennis and tourism industry officials, as well as “decor” for the suites, and travel and lodging for TDA staff and board members.

The TDA, which derives its funding from the local occupancy tax on hotel rooms, vacation rental and bed & breakfast inns, released a detailed report Sept. 12 on the expenditures at the Open, which concluded Sept. 11. By law, the TDA must spend two-thirds of its revenues on advertising and promotion and one-third on its Tourism Product Development Fund, which funds infrastructure projects that can bring in tourists but also benefit locals.

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