The Watauga and Boone Tourism Development Authority budget for 2018-19 was presented on May 8.

The Watauga Democrat reports the proposed $1.782 million budget includes increased allocation to the Middle Fork Greenway project, Rocky Knob Park and new website costs.

The budget also includes increases in the TDA promotional campaign “It’s better here than there” running TV spots in Charlotte and Raleigh.

According to the report, occupancy tax collection in March was up 46.38 percent in Watauga compared to last March 2017, and indicated that the late winter weather was helpful in bringing people to the area.