Buncombe County hotel and vacation rental sales continue to grow

ASHEVILLE – The hotel and accommodation market in Asheville continued to grow strongly at the end of 2021, a further sign that the area’s tourism economy is recovering.

In November, total accommodation sales for Buncombe County were $55.9 million, up 54% from November 2020, according to the monthly report from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. While the local tourist economy stalled early in the pandemic, in the spring of 2020, it has since steadily picked up again.

The TDA board reviewed the numbers at its regular monthly meeting on January 26, which was held virtually. The authority did not meet in December, so it was about two months of data in this meeting, for October and November.

Don Warn, Buncombe County finance director and tax agent for the TDA, described the accommodation numbers for October and November 2021 as “astonishing.” The TDA’s current fiscal year runs from July 2021 – June 2022.

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