Twenty-three different activities in Kent will receive a total of $500,600 in business and leisure tourism promotion grants next year.

The city reported it received 33 lodging tax grant applications totaling over $1.4 million, after which the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee recommended 23 of those applications. Last week, the Kent City Council officially approved funding to all of the recommended events.

The lodging tax, also known as a “hotel/motel tax,” is a one percent fee on overnight stays at local hotels, motels, campgrounds, and RV parks. Cities can then use revenue generated from the tax for business and leisure tourism-related marketing and events.

The following activities and events received funding:

  • $96,500 – Kent leisure tourism marketing
  • $75,000 – Marketing for economic growth and business travel
  • $63,600 – Seattle Thunderbirds 2019-20 hockey season promotions
  • $60,000 – Accesso ShoWare Center marketing and specific events
  • $30,000 – Students for the Exploration and Development of Space job fair in conjunction with National New Space Conference
  • $26,700 – Aerospace Futures Alliance and Washington State Space Coalition “Lift and Launch” event
  • $20,000 – Economic development and business recruitment website
  • $16,000 – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Festival
  • $15,000 – Local space industry promotion event in conjunction with National New Space Conference
  • $12,500 – Kent Chamber of Commerce operations and tourism promotion
  • $10,000 – FIRST Washington’s Lego League and Tech Challenge State Championship
  • $10,000 – Kent Downtown Partnership’s website
  • $9,700 – Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Cascade Chapter Symposium
  • $9,000 – Destination Moon: Weekend Family Workshops & Summer Fun
  • $8,600 – Aerospace Futures Alliance Aerospace Summit
  • $6,300 – New Space Conference Kent promotion
  • $4,400 – National Main Street Conference, Kent Culinary Food Tour
  • $3,800 – Men’s Conference Dual USSSA Major
  • $2,000 – USA Softball Girls Fastpitch Tournaments
  • $10,000 – PGA Washington Open Invitational
  • $7,500 – Center for Advanced Manufacturing industry meetings and events
  • $1,100 – Valley Cities Geocaching Adventure
  • $2,900 – Highline Golf Invitational

Thumbnail photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash.