Tourism Promotion Area 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 visitor and local spending at retail, restaurant, transportation, attraction and other local establishments. Annual market studies report that the travel industry in Spokane County generated approximately 10,250 hospitality jobs and $995 million in direct visitor spending in Spokane County in 20161.

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 the Revised Code of Washington (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. These activities and expenditures include, but are 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 business that benefits local tourism and lodging businesses in Spokane County.
  3. The marketing of Spokane County to the travel industry in order to benefit local tourism and lodging businesses within the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area.
  4. The marketing of Spokane County to recruit major sporting events in order to promote local tourism and to benefit lodging businesses within the Spokane County Tourism Promotion Area.

1Source: Dean Runyan

 

2017 Application Deadline Information -- Second Granting

Grant Funds available for this round: $20,950

For 2017-2018 TPA fund awards, the Spokane Hotel and Motel Commission will accept applications until:

Friday, June 30, 2017, 4:30pm

Criteria

Applicants whose event or programming meets the eligibility requirements stated in County Ordinance 4-0141 may be awarded funding based upon:

1) A proven or qualified ability to generate hotel-motel room nights and economic impact to the County
2) A qualified budget and marketing plan
3) Available TPA resources.
4) The event or program must take place and finish in the time period between August 2017 and April 2018.

Mandatory TPA Application Orientation Meeting

All first-time applicants must attend a mandatory TPA Application Orientation Meeting. Meeting date, time and location is:

Wednesday, June 7, 2016
10am
Visit Spokane
601 W. 1st Avenue, Ste 1000
Spokane, WA 99201

Please RSVP to mdodroe@visitspokane.com

Other Project Requirements

Approved projects must agree to:

1) Include the following information on print projects:
      a. Our community's tourism website VisitSpokane.com
      b. Acknowledgement of TPA grant: ‘Produced with support from Spokane County TPA funds' or the official TPA logo (to be provided by the TPA Manager);
2) Adhere to all legal requirements as stated in the RCW, Spokane County Ordinance and the signed funding contract.
3) Agree to provide a final report and samples of produced pieces to the TPA Manager upon completion of printed piece(s) and/or event.

Process

1) Submit 12 copies of the attached application and any supporting documents to the TPA Manager (Visit Spokane).
2) Funding applications will be considered by the Spokane Hotel and Motel TPA Commission at a meeting in July, time and date to be announced. Applicants will be allowed five minutes for presentation followed by Q&A with the Commissioners. Funding recommendations will be determined at this meeting.
3) Contracts will be executed for approved projects between the applicant and Spokane County.
4) Expenditures must be used only for marketing of approved projects and for the services set forth in the Summary Project section of the contract.
5) Certified requests for grant funds should be made after contracts are executed and funds are spent in conjunction with the services described in the contract.
6) Failure to comply with any of the criteria listed here may require full repayment of TPA monies from the awarded organization to the TPA fund, enforceable by the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Grant application can be found HERE. 

For Meeting and Application Information

Maureen Dodroe

Finance Director