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Impact on Asheville Tourism From HB2 Starting to Pile Up

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HB2 protesters at Pack Square in downtown Asheville

The effects of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 are continuing to be felt in the tourism industry here in Asheville.  News broke yesterday that the WK Kellogg Foundation was cancelling its conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, costing the city 500 visitors and $1.5 million dollars in liquid revenue, according the foundation.  For more, WCQS’s Davin Eldridge spoke with Stephanie Brown, Executive Director of the Asheville Convention Visitors’  Bureau.  

For the impact so far at the Biltmore Estate, WCQS's Jeremy Loeb spoke with LeeAnn Donnelly, Senior Public Relations Manager for Biltmore.

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Jeremy Loeb speaks with Biltmore spokeswoman LeeAnn Donnelly

In the early evening after this interview was conducted, Donnelly e-mailed WCQS to say there was a group cancelation Monday at the Biltmore because of HB2 but that she could not provide further details.

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