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About the Blowing Rock TDA

The Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is tasked with marketing the town of Blowing Rock as a travel destination. The organization and its activity is funded by a 6% Occupancy Tax levied on overnight stays within Blowing Rock in hotels, inns, and short-term rentals. The budget runs on a fiscal year of July-June.

 
 

Mission:

Provide leadership and primary funding for marketing, developing, and supporting year-round travel and tourism to and within the town of Blowing Rock, increasing lodging sales and visitor spending.

 

Vision:

Blowing Rock will be recognized as one of the premier travel destinations in the Southeastern USA.

 

See the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority’s Strategic Plan Here

The TDA is governed by a volunteer board of 5 members, appointed by Town Council. Regular board meetings are open to the public, and are held quarterly at Town Hall (3:30pm on the first Tuesday of March, June, September, and December) . Dates are listed in the Community Calendar.

See the TDA Board Members Here
See the Blowing Rock TDA Bylaws Here

The staff consists of two full-time employees, and one part-time employee. The TDA also enjoys a strong partnership with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, and works closely with the staff there. The Blowing Rock TDA offices are located at 132 Park Avenue, inside the Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Blowing Rock.

See Employee Contacts Here

 

 

 

Facts & Figures

 
Tourism is a big industry in Watauga County, and Blowing Rock has a history of welcoming travelers!
 
Because of the state and local taxes paid by visitors in 2018, each Watauga County household saved an average of $399.
Visitor Spending 2018-2019: $53, 938, 273

$1,078,765.47 in occupancy taxes was collected in the most recent fiscal year. That represents $17,979,424.50 in lodging sales. As lodging is understood to be, on average, a third of total spending on a trip, we know that people who stayed overnight in Blowing Rock in the past year spent about $53,938,273. If you divide that by 365, that’s $147,776 PER DAY in visitor spending. Taxes on all this spending offset the costs of providing services to residents, saving the average person in Watauga County nearly $400.

 
Direct employment in tourism industry in Blowing Rock: 320
This is the number of people employed in lodging and attractions in Blowing Rock. Visitors also shop and dine and use some services, of course, so impacts are seen in those areas as well.
 
Number of guest rooms in Blowing Rock: 550
This is the current count for rooms in Blowing Rock hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts. There are more represented in rental condos, cottages, and houses.
 
 

 

Annual Reports

Blowing Rock TDA Annual Reports include tax collection numbers, activity summaries, noteworthy media moments, and more.
 
 

 

VisitNC Tourism Facts

Annual examination of the tourism industry in North Carolina is conducted by VisitNC, the state’s tourism marketing organization. Follow these links for details about travel to and within North Carolina:
 
Economic Impact of Tourism (available by county)