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 2016
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:
- 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.
- The marketing of convention business that benefits local tourism and lodging businesses in Spokane County.
- 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.
- 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
2018 TPA Grant Application Information
On behalf of the Spokane Hotel and Motel Commission:
For the 2018 fiscal year, event grants we not be available from collected TPA funds. Grants for future years will be discussed again next year during the 2019 budget forecast sessions.
The Spokane Hotel and Motel Commission
Denise Vickerman, Commission Chair, Ramada Spokane Airport
Valerie Santillanes, Vice Chair, Best Western Plus Peppertree Airport Inn
Dan Zimmerer, The Davenport Hotel
Jody Sander, Sterling Hospitality
Lori Cook, Residence Inn by Marriott
Travis Tramp, Quality Inn 4th Avenue
Dean Feldmeier, The Hilton DoubleTree Hotel City Center
Meredith Rainville, Best Western Plus City Center