If you are an Asheville native or a long time visitor you will come to notice the influx of tourists during the holidays. Though many see this as a gateway for the world to explore and grow Asheville, there are also many who think that the city should be more focussed on its long term people instead of the ones visiting. There has been a huge rise in hotels around the cities and the tax for it has risen. One of the biggest problems is the space that Asheville has. It's a small town surrounded by mountains and recently land has been spared.
Many may have heard about the new law that the city has passed called Asheville Hotel Moratorium. It is a law that prohibits any new contracts and construction not already started in the city before the law passed. After the protest of many locals the government seemed to listen and take action. In the article by Citizen times they interviewed area director john Beatty and he had this to say “We are concerned that the proposed study focuses solely on hotel development rather than the issue of overall land use planning and development in the community." Though many might be affected by this law mainly company's citizens are surely happy this law passed. Many may ask why Asheville is a very popular tourist attraction. It may be because of the beautiful mountain scenery that pulls people in or the unique and diverse things and people to interact. It is known for hikes and tours around the beautiful downtown stated by the website Culture trip. It is also known for its many breweries and the unique art. Many can come and express their interest and not be judged and that oils in aloe for dreamers and visitors. Whether it be for the amazing views, brews, art, and or music this is a big factor for the increase of people and construction for hotels in the area.
Many wonder why Asheville is a big tourist city, lots of people who live in Asheville wonder why the tourists think of Asheville as such an amazing thing. Well to be honest, the reason that tourists really love Asheville is mostly for the beer that the local brewing companies make, the beer that is in Asheville is made with our local corn, wheat, nuts and fruit that are used in all of our local recipes. Locally owned
boutiques and shops are also a big reason that the tourists love to come to Asheville. Tourists love to come and spend their money anywhere they go, for some reason it is just a thing that they love to do. Tourists also like the beautiful mountain scenery that has a southern- Appalachian mountain type feeling.
The money that tourism provides to our city is what makes this city want to build more of what they have WAY too much of, "BEER COMPANIES”. The amount of money that the tourism industry in Asheville generates is around 119.2 million dollars per year. The tourists spend up to 5.4 million dollars daily. 1 out of 7 jobs in the city are supported by the tourism industry. More than 30k people visit the city of Asheville each day.
By Trayson Akbar & Gavin Cummings