Luke Kelly, a Brunswick/Glynn County Native, Has Joined the Team at ECHO as Restaurant General Manager.

“I’ve always loved the history and intrigue of the King and Prince. It feels so right for me to be a part of the ECHO team. It has a great vibe and I enjoy leading our restaurant staff as they continue to extend genuine relaxed Southern hospitality to our guests” Kelly states. “Everyone cares about making our home your home…as our guests come home to ECHO!”

Explore Asheville CVB Names New Chief

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) announced the selection of nationally-recognized and former North Carolina tourism executive Victoria “Vic” Isley as President and CEO of Explore Asheville CVB – Convention & Visitors Bureau. Isley, who has worked diligently for diverse communities throughout her career, starts December 1. Her appointment was approved today at a special meeting of the BCTDA board. 

Isley succeeds Stephanie Pace Brown, who announced last April that beginning July she would be taking an out-of-state position in the private sector.

 

Isley is a highly sought-after public speaker, recognized for her knowledge, expertise and evolving perspective of destination marketing.  She was named one of the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds” in the travel industry by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). 

Isley was selected for the top position at Explore Asheville among candidates from destination marketing organizations of all sizes throughout the country, in an exhaustive national search that began months ago by SearchWide Global, which specializes in recruiting for the travel, tourism, hospitality, and associated industries.

Since the start of the global pandemic, BCTDA has worked closely with leaders from the County, City and business community on pandemic recovery efforts that will continue to be a priority into 2021. Among the initiatives that also included collaboration with local and state elected officials was the establishment and disbursement of a $5 million relief grant program to help nearly 400 local small businesses reopen, creating or restoring 4,800 tourism-related jobs.

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