Tourism and Economic Development Goals & Strategies


The Town of Beech Mountain enacted an Occupancy Tax in 2003. Since that time, the proceeds have been distributed according to a formula specified by the North Carolina Legislature in the enacting legislation. The town council appoints the five-member board of the Tourism Development Authority (TDA), which oversees expenditures of Occupancy Tax funds.

In September 2014, the Town of Beech Mountain created a new position titled Director of Tourism and Economic Development. One half of the salary for this position comes from the TDA and one half is paid by the town. The purpose is to expand the duties of the TDA-funded staff person and to include economic development needs beyond tourism. This position reports to the Beech Mountain Town Manager and serves as the staff position to the TDA Board of Directors.


The Tourism Development Authority exists to support the local tourism industry and to promote tourism-related  activities in the Beech Mountain area. The Director of Tourism and Economic Development is further charged with the development of other economic opportunities that will improve the local economy and the quality of life for all residents of the Town of Beech Mountain.

Click here to download/view the entire TDA Goals & Strategies document.

Click here to go to the TDA website.

Visitor Center Staff:

Kate Gavenus, Director of Tourism and Economic Development
Missy Norwood, Visitor Center Administration Assistant  
Elena Kontinos, Seasonal Visitor Center Assistant

Visitor Center Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday 9-5 pm

Current TDA Board

Town Hall
Phone: (828) 387-4236

Tax / Billing
Phone: (828) 387-2751

Police (non-emergency)
Phone: (828) 387-2342

Town of Beech Mountain
403 Beech Mountain Pkwy
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
Phone: (828) 387-4236
Fax: (828) 387-4862

Fire Department (non-emergency)
Phone: (828) 387-4612

Public Works & Utilities
Phone: (828) 387-9282

Parks & Recreation
Phone: (828) 387-3003