City seeks tourism grant applications

October 20, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 20, 2009

City officials want ideas about how to spend hotel tax dollars to promote lodging and tourism.

Members of the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will accept requests until 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Click here to download the application form.

The committee will give special consideration to projects with detailed work programs, records of luring visitors to Issaquah and using city money to leverage additional dollars.

The committee will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Cougar Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The committee will review requests and make funding recommendations to the City Council.

The city collects a 1 percent lodging tax at three hotels and motels. The money is then allocated to the Lodging Tax Fund. Under state law, the revenue can be used only for tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities or the operation of tourism-related facilities.

Recent projects paid for with the tourism tax include a popular map of Issaquah bike trails developed by Getting Around Issaquah Together. Other recipients of tourism tax dollars have included the Issaquah History Museums and the Visitor Information Center.

The five-member committee includes Councilwoman Eileen Barber and representatives from Issaquah hotels, the historical society and Outside Seattle, a Web-based tourism bureau that encourages Seattle visitors to travel east.

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