Thurston County officials are soliciting applications for lodging tax funds in 2019. Projects designed to promote tourism events, activities, and locations in unincorporated areas of the county are eligible for the funding.
Roughly $50,000 will be awarded across various projects, which must occur in 2019, according to a news release. Beyond promoting tourism, funds may also be used to cover operating costs for some tourism facilities, visitor agencies and special events and festivals.
The county’s lodging tax advisory committee will prioritize projects that demonstrate “potential or high potential” to lead to overnight stays, promote Thurston County events to outside visitors, or result in “documented economic benefit” to the county. Plans that encourage cooperative efforts, make use of county-owned infrastructure, or have been previously successful will also receive strong consideration, according to the release.
Applications, which can be accessed online, are due Oct. 10; only paper copies may be submitted. The committee will review proposals Nov. 1 before announcing its awards.
The lodging tax is a statewide initiative for stays at hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds. Revenues are generally directed to convention, arts, and tourism facilities.