RUTHERFORDTON — Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Director Don Cason made his quarterly report to the county commissions at the November meeting. Cason reported that the occupancy tax, a fee charged to visitors staying in Rutherford County lodging, collection was up.
While part of the additional revenue can be attributed to last year’s one percent occupancy tax increase (from 5% to 6%) approved by the commissioners, Cason stated that when the numbers are adjusted without the percentage increase, the collections would still be up by 20%.
As seen in the presentation below Cason showed that the fifteen-year countywide Master Plan was completed on August 31, 2018 and the TDA is taking steps to move into the implementation plan. The Master Plan will be presented to the public in late 2018 or early 2019.
As part of their resolution, a committee was formed to recommend funding sources. Members are:
- Town Mayors and Managers
- Rebecca Segal-RRHS Hospital
- Terry Hines – RHI Legacy
- Brad Teague – RC Schools
- Steve Garrison – RC Manager
In a different direction, the TDA has gathered the information to begin marketing group sales. Further down the road will be the marketing the trail systems, continuing support for the World Equestrian Games (WEG), and proceeding with the Wayfaring signs.
Cason is excited to be making Rutherford County an even better place to live, work, and play.TDA Quarterly November 18 (1)