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Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) Funding Information

The purpose of TPA funds is to grow our tourism economy through increased visitor spending in Spokane County lodging establishments as well as increased local spending at retail, restaurant, transportation, attraction and other local establishments. Annual market studies report the travel industry generated approximately 10,040 jobs and $947 million in direct visitor spending in Spokane County during 2015.

Eligible Expenditures:

TPA funds are made available through the support of Spokane County, City of Spokane Valley and City of Spokane lodging businesses. For every occupied room night, guests are assessed a $2 per room, per night fee that is returned to Spokane County. Pursuant to RCW 35.101 and Spokane County Ordinance 4-0141, revenue collected from this assessment must be used for activities and expenditures designed to increase tourism promotion and convention business, including but not limited to advertising, publicizing, operating tourism destination marketing organizations or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists to the Spokane Metropolitan Area. County Ordinance 4-0141, section 4 reads as follows:


USE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENT REVENUES FOR THE PROMOTION OF TOURISM AND CONVENTION BUSINESS IN SPOKANE COUNTY.

The revenues from the Special Assessment levied by Spokane County on the Operators of Lodging Businesses situated within the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area shall be used for the following purposes only:

  1. The funding of all activities and expenditures designed to increase tourism promotion and convention business within Spokane County as specified in the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area Budget.
  2. The marketing of convention and business that benefit local tourism and the lodging business in the Spokane County.
  3. The marketing of Spokane County to the travel industry in order to benefit local tourism and the lodging businesses within the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area; and
  4. The marketing of Spokane County to recruit major sporting events in order to promote local tourism and to benefit the lodging businesses within the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area. 

    BEFORE THE HOTEL AND MOTEL COMMISSION

    NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Spokane Hotel and Motel Commission ("Commission"), pursuant to the provisions of RCW 42.30.080, that a special meeting will be held by the Commission on Friday, September 23, 2016 commencing at 10:00 a.m. The special meeting will be held in the Greater Spokane Inc. Board Room, Greater Spokane Inc. Office, 801 W Riverside, 1st Floor, Spokane, Washington 99201.

    The purpose of the meeting will be:

    • To determine recommendations to the Spokane County Board of Commissioners for 2017 budget and grant allocations.
    • Discuss 2016 revenue collections.
    The terminology "action" as used herein shall mean deliberate, discuss, consider, review, evaluate, make a collective decision or take a vote on the above listed item.  

    Any person may appear at the time, place and date set forth herein above and observe the action(s) of the Commission. No public testimony will be accepted on the item listed above. The Commission may hold an executive session during the special meeting for any reason set forth in RCW 42.30.110. The public will not be allowed to attend any executive session.

    Additional information may be obtained on this notice by contacting Maureen Dodroe at 509-742-9380.  


    DATED THIS
     19th day of September, 2016.


    SPOKANE HOTEL MOTEL COMMISSION (aka TPA COMMSSION)



    Denise Vickerman, Chair of the Commission

    2017 Application Deadline Information

    Information about the 2017 application for TPA funds will be updated soon.  

    For Meeting and Application Information

    Maureen Dodroe
    Finance Director | Visit Spokane
    Office: 509.742.9380 Fax: 509.623.1297
    Email: MDodroe@VisitSpokane.com
    801 W Riverside,   Ste 301, Spokane, WA 99201.
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