The Craven County Tourism Development Authority (“TDA”) consists of nine (9) members appointed as follows:
Members shall serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms, except periods of service to fill the unexpired term of a former member shall not be computed in the tenure of a current member. Tenure may not be extended by separate appointing authorities.
Members are expected to attend all meetings of the TDA. In the event a member misses two (2) consecutive unexcused monthly meetings, the TDA shall notify the member’s appointing authority. Membership vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the member creating the vacancy. Members appointed to fill vacancies shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term for which they are appointed to fill.
The purpose of the TDA is to allocate the net proceeds of the Craven County Room Occupancy and Tourism Development Tax. Additionally, the TDA serves as the lead entity to develop and promote Craven County as a travel destination.
The objective of the TDA is to serve in a policy making role to provide leadership in moving Craven County toward unity in building a better county-wide and regional partnership for insuring orderly and desired growth in the visitor and travel industry. To attain such an objective, the TDA shall retain, as a body, the authority for approving annual budgets, marketing plans, strategic long-range plans, feasibility plans and to support tourism related projects.
The TDA meets at 8:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every other month at various locations throughout Craven County.
|Name||Term Expires||Appointing Authority|
|Mark Stephens||6/30/2019||City of New Bern|
|Greg Smith (Chair)||6/30/2019||New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce|
|Thomas Mark||12/31/2017||Craven County Commissioner|
|Danny Walsh||6/30/2020||City of Havelock|
|Cindy King||6/30/2018||Havelock Chamber of Commerce|
|Garry Curry (Vice Chair)||6/30/2018||Hotel/Motel Representative|
|Chelsea Payne||6/30/2020||Tryon Palace Commission|
|James "Smoke" Boyd||6/30/2020||TDA (At Large)|
|Sabrina Bengel||6/30/2020||TDA (At Large)|
|Craig Warren (Finance Officer)||N/A||Ex-Officio|