April 8, 2014
How can Issaquah attract more visitors?
That questions lies at the heart of a burgeoning effort by the city’s Economic Development Department and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The “kickoff” for the effort was delivered March 31 by local tourism guru Roger Brooks.
“For more than 30 years, he has worked to change ordinary places to extraordinary destinations,” chamber CEO Matt Bott said, introducing the keynote speaker.
March 18, 2014
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce — in coordination with the city of Issaquah and local hoteliers, restaurants and hometown attractions — is featuring world-renowned expert Roger Brooks in a community presentation about developing Issaquah’s tourism program.
The presentation is from 6-8 p.m. March 31 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave N.W. Registration is strongly encouraged to ensure a seat. Attendees can register online at http://bit.ly/1dRvlgg by March 28.
October 2, 2012
The committee responsible for doling out lodging tax dollars for tourism projects and programs is accepting grant applications.
The municipal Lodging Tax Advisory Committee plans to distribute about $85,000 in 2013. Past recipients include the Issaquah Visitor’s Center, Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Festivals Office.
The 1 percent lodging tax is collected by three hotels and motels. Under state law, revenue can only be used to pay all or any part of tourism promotion, acquisition of tourism-related facilities or the operation of tourism-related facilities.
Find the application on the city’s website, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
Contact city Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner at 837-3424 or email@example.com.
November 16, 2010
City leaders plan to use limited tourism dollars to help Village Theatre reach a broader audience, promote the Salmon Days Festival throughout the state and defray costs for the Fenders on Front Street car show.
The city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee has recommended $95,000 for a half-dozen projects. The bulk — $68,000 — has been earmarked for the Visitor Information Center operated by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. Read more
October 19, 2010
Submit applications for tourism grants to help attract out-of-towners to Issaquah.
The city has $95,000 in hotel tax revenue to use to promote lodging and tourism. Interested parties can submit funding requests to the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee until 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
The committee grants special consideration to projects with detailed work programs, records of luring visitors to Issaquah and using city money to leverage additional dollars.
Contact city Economic Development Manager Dan Trimble at 837-3012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the program.
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.
October 20, 2009
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.
May 19, 2009
City officials were set to consider spending $2,000 to make it easier for bicyclists to navigate Issaquah. Getting Around Issaquah Together sought money from the city Lodging Tax Fund to pay for bicycle maps, which would be distributed for free at area businesses. Read more