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.
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:
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:
Finance Director | Visit Spokane
Office: 509.742.9380 Fax: 509.623.1297