Outdoor Industry

Elevate Your Outdoor Industry Meetings
in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Asheville shines as the ultimate destination for outdoor industry meetings, offering a captivating natural landscape and a thriving outdoor lifestyle. Positioned between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the city boasts the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi River and the world's third oldest river, the French Broad.

This dynamic environment not only fosters innovation but also sustains livelihoods, giving rise to a flourishing outdoor economy. The city's legacy of self-sufficiency and a quality-driven culture is exemplified by renowned companies like Liquidlogic, Diamond Brand Gear, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Astral, and FOX Factory. In Asheville, the convergence of stunning landscapes and a thriving outdoor economy makes it the prime choice for those seeking a meeting destination that blends business and adventure.

Hosted in Asheville

Adventure Travel Trade Association

Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council

Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

Southeast Environment and Recreation Research Conference

Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Foundation


  • Nearby Pisgah National Forest, Bent Creek Experimental Forest, DuPont State Forest, and Nantahala National Forest attract outdoor day-trippers to ultra-athletes.
  • In 18 counties across WNC, a regional collaborative pinpointed 10,000 Outdoor Economy jobs, $773 million in GRP, and approximately $1.4 billion in sales in 2020.The region also serves as headquarters to many makers and manufacturers. Approximately 700 jobs were estimated in outdoor manufacturing industries across 18 WNC counties in 2020. Source: Economic Development Coalition Asheville-Buncombe County


Cambria Rooftop

Asheville Outdoors

Outdoor Adventures

Your outdoor adventure awaits in Asheville.

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Meeting Hotels

Meeting Hotels

Asheville offers a bountiful array of hotel properties, from historic hotels and grand resorts to elegant inns and modern downtown hotels.

Wicked Weed

Case Study

Asheville Meeting Case Study

ATTA's AdventureELEVATE will bring 350-400 adventure tourism partners for its 9th annual conference.

Wicked Weed

Submit Your RFP

Submit Your RFP

Send your meeting RFP to Explore Asheville.



Tina Porter with Explore Asheville will assist your organization in securing the right-size hotel and make the connections you need to local outdoor industry expertise.

Contact Tina early in your planning stages for time-saving assistance and access to Explore Asheville's Exclusive Services. Plus, your meeting could qualify for our incentive program. 



Outdoor Experiences