Contact Us

Burke County Visitors Center & Chamber of Commerce

110 E Meeting St.,
Morganton, NC 28655


+1 (828) 433-6793


Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm EST


Ed Phillips, CEO of Burke County Tourism

Ed Phillips

C.E.O of Burke County Tourism

Ed Phillips, C.E.O. of the Burke County Tourism Development Authority has spent 34 years in the Tourism Marketing field. Ed previously owned Granite Communications, a Destination Marketing Company that served tourism clients all across North Carolina. Ed served as President of the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, a member of the N.C. Travel & Tourism Board and facilitated the transition from the Travel Council of North Carolina which was formed in the 1960s. Ed is a graduate of Western Carolina University where his senior Tourism Marketing paper was titled, “Western North Carolina- It’s a Natural.” Ed brings a wealth of practical experience to the Burke T.D.A. including printing, publishing, photography and creative travel writing. Ed has served as the C.E.O. of the Burke T.D.A. since 2010.

Phone: (828) 433-6793

Email: [email protected]

Katherine Christie, Director of Sales at Burke County Tourism

Katherine Christie

Director of Sales at Burke County Tourism

Katherine Christie is the Group Sales Manager for the Burke County Tourism Development Authority. Katherine graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in History. Before joining the TDA she worked as a front desk manager at a resort in Sugar Mountain, North Carolina and with internal reservations and wine sales at another nearby resort. She is very passionate about the impact tourism has on small communities and is excited to continue calling the mountains home here in Burke County. Katherine is a member of Meeting Professionals International and Association Executives of North Carolina.

Phone: 828-433-6793

Email: [email protected]