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TIEC’s broken promises – April 15, 2017

TIEC’s broken promises – April 15, 2017

The Gun Club of Tryon Resort Two months ago to this date, we contacted Sharon Decker, COO, at the Tryon  Internation Equestrian Center (TIEC) regarding noise complaints about the partners’ gun club disrupting the lives of people who have lived near there for generations. Barbara Duncan, who has not only contacted us, a county commissioner, and […]

Tourism Development Authority projects RC revenue of $1 million

Tourism Development Authority projects RC revenue of $1 million

RUTHERFORDTON – The Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Board is projecting increasing growth for tourism in the upcoming year. The conservative 2017-2018 estimate of Occupancy Tax collections is $1 million reflecting a 10 percent increase over this year. Included in that estimate is a trending growth in tourism as well as two new hotels on […]

TDA occupancy tax to remain at 5%

TDA occupancy tax to remain at 5%

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) made their case before the RC Commissioners to keep the occupancy tax as is at 5%. The occupancy tax is paid by lodging properties and used by the RC TDA to promote RC tourism. The commissioners have the authority to raise the occupancy tax to 6% […]

TDA predicts spring rebound in tourism

TDA predicts spring rebound in tourism

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Tourism Development Director (TDA) Don Cason said while tourism has definitely taken a hit during the Nov. and Dec. holiday seasons due to the Party Rock wildfire, he is hoping for a rebound of visitors in the spring. The Party Rock Wildfire, named for its place of suspected origin,  shut down Lake […]

Tourism Advisory Committee retreat hears TIEC update

RUTHERFORDTON — The RC Tourism Development Authority Board and Tourism Advisory Committee held their initial retreat Wednesday at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse. Among the 40+ attendees were TDA Board members, Chamber directors, town managers and mayors, economic development commission member, tourism stakeholders, lodging owners, educational leaders and other members of the community. After some fun short […]

Tourism wayfaring signs are on their way

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. – The Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) board accepted a bid for production of  the Wayfinding Signage project. After years of anticipation, county wide signs promoting our tourist attractions will be on their way. A Request for Proposal (RFP) for fabrication and installation of wayfinding signs was advertised on the county website and in […]

Cason named TDA executive director

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.: During a special call of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) board meeting, Don Cason was unanimously named TDA executive director. Cason began serving as interim director on March 15, 2016 filling the vacancy left by Michelle Whitaker who took a position with Defiant Whiskey in October of 2015. Cason was formerly the head of the […]

Rutherford County removes P.R. firm’s link from its website

Rutherford County removes P.R. firm’s link from its website

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. – The link to a public relations firm from Rutherford County’s website was removed last week. The link had been placed on the Tourism Development Authority’s (TDA) page. Gayle Clayton presented questions at the county commissioners’ March meeting as the link was to TDA’s information that resided on the McConnell Group’s website. Questions of […]

Both the EDC & TDA board meetings are cancelled for March

Both the EDC & TDA board meetings are cancelled for March

The TDA board meeting on March 17th has been cancelled. The next board meeting will remain on April 7th at 12 noon at the Woodrow Jones Building. Thanks,    Taylor Hardin,     Administrative Assistant Tourism Development Authority   PUBLIC CANCELLATION NOTICE   The regularly scheduled monthly Rutherford County Economic Development Commission meeting for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 […]

Conflicts: TAF boast of Bechtler House purchase

Gayle Clayton – Reporter RUTHERFORDTON – Michelle McConnell, executive director of the Tourism Asset Foundation, issued a press release last week fully crediting the non-profit organization for the Bechtler House purchase with no mention of the rescue contributions by the Town of Rutherfordton, the Stonecutter Foundation, or the significantly reduced price the owners accepted to enable the purchase. […]

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