TDA fees at U.S. Open integrated $70k on catering, koozies, decor

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority paid $1.3 million for advertising and promotional consideration at the 2022 U.S. Open tennis tournament. The package included court-side signage seen here during a match featuring Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal.

ASHEVILLE – Other than the $1.3 million the Buncombe County Tourism Enhancement Authority put in for advertising at the U.S. Open up tennis match, the firm also dropped $70,000 to entertain tennis and tourism marketplace officers, as nicely as “decor” for the suites, and vacation and lodging for TDA employees and board members.

The TDA, which derives its funding from the local occupancy tax on hotel rooms, family vacation rental and mattress & breakfast inns, unveiled a in depth report Sept. 12 on the expenditures at the Open up, which concluded Sept. 11. By regulation, the TDA must commit two-thirds of its revenues on promoting and advertising and a single-third on its Tourism Solution Growth Fund, which money infrastructure tasks that can deliver in vacationers but also reward locals.

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