Olympia Accepting Applications For 2015 Tourism Funding From Lodging Tax
Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. Now is the time to apply for funding from Olympia’s Lodging Tax for 2015 tourism-related services. The application is posted on the City’s website: olympiawa.gov/lodgingtax. Olympia receives an amount equal to a 4% tax on overnight hotel/motel/bed & breakfast lodging in Olympia. By state law, the city’s Lodging Tax Fund is used for:
- marketing and operating expenses of festivals and events designed to attract tourists
- capital and/or operating costs of tourism-related facilities owned by the City, and
- operating expenses of tourism-related facilities operated by 501c3 and 501c6 non-profit organizations.
Non-profit and government agencies that provided tourism services or operate tourism facilities are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed by Olympia’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee who will recommend 2015 funding to the City Council. All agencies awarded funding will be required to sign a contract with the City to provide specific tourism services during 2015.
In particular, the Olympia committee is seeking applications for events, activities, and facilities that attract tourists who stay overnight in Olympia hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities.
Date of Release: August 6, 2014