The word is out about Asheville. We've been named among the friendliest locales in the U.S., among the most beautiful places in America, and a top destination for arts and food. And with 7,500 hotel rooms, meeting space to 83,000 square feet, daily direct flights to major U.S. hubs, and a scenic mountain backdrop that is inspiring in all seasons, what's not to love?
If all the talk about Asheville has piqued your interest and you want to experience the destination as your attendees would, join us for the 48-Hour Independent/Third Party Planner Experience.
Two full days will be dedicated to exploring Asheville as a meeting destination - at no cost to you - and provides opportunities to experience area dining, group activities and hotel properties. The 2017 experience dates are below. Sign up today - qualified independent and third party planners are invited to join us.
Encouraged to attend are independent and third party planners representing clients with buisness to book in the Southeast region and with verifiable meetings history.
*To keep it an intimate experience, the Asheville CVB is limiting attendance to eight planners per session. Due to size limitations only one attendee per organization can be considered. Upon review and verification of your information, an ACVB team member will reach out to you and let you know the status of your application. Unfortunately, the Experience does not allow for family members, friends and/or significant others to attend.
Please click below to apply. Thank you for your interest!
To learn more about Asheville and the complimentary services the Convention & Visitors Bureau provides meeting planners, visit AshevilleNCMeetings.com
Past Participant Testimonials
"The meeting planner experience provided me with a good sense of the potential that Asheville has as a possible venue for our future events that our guests would love. We each had very different needs for our organizations and it was obvious that the CVB cares very much about the success of the meeting planning experience, getting a variety of venues and opportunities into the trip, and helping each planner to succeed in their future events. I left feeling very excited about the potential Asheville has to offer." Alex Gant, NAMI
"I had never been to Asheville before and the Convention & Visitors Bureau did a great job of showing me properties that fit in with needs of my organization while interspersing really fantastic activities that showcased what Asheville is all about." Robin Ginner, The Vibration Institute
"I don't have enough accolades to describe how fabulous this Experience was. Before, Asheville wasn't really on the map for us but now, it's really a place we would select to come to because it has so much to offer." Sandra James, Porex Corporation
"The folks at the CVB and the hotels were so gracious, so hospitable, and went above and beyond to make us all feel welcome and really show off the town...We are super excited to be considering Asheville for our 2015 or 2016 convention and I certainly look forward to working with all of the fine people at the CVB." Katharine Garner, Virginia Association of Community Banks
"The Convention and Visitors Bureau is great to work with - they've treated us to a 48 experience like none other and what I've what I've come away with is the fact that 48 hours is not enough. I've got to come back to Asheville!" Phillip Horton, Alabama Association of Realtors