Idaho Travel Council Announces Annual Grant Awards

Contact: Laurie McConnell
Idaho Tourism
208.287.0781
laurie.mcconnell@tourism.idaho.gov

Idaho Travel Council Announces Annual Grant Awards
Nearly $3.67 Million Awarded for Tourism Promotion

Boise, Idaho—August 12, 2014—During its annual summer meeting held in Coeur d’Alene this week, the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) granted nearly $3.67 million in tourism marketing funding to non-profit organizations through the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program.

Eligible award recipients include non-profit local and regional tourism development organizations such as chambers of commerce and convention and visitors bureaus. The organizations use their awarded grant dollars to promote cities, towns and regions of the state as tourist destinations. Program elements are varied, but often include print and electronic advertising, brochures, travel shows, public relations, direct mail, industry research and the creation of web sites.

“These grants support Visit Idaho’s core mission--to increase travel and visitor expenditures throughout all of Idaho in order to increase tax revenues and employment”, said Idaho Tourism Manager Diane Norton.

Fiscal year 2015 grant award recipients are:

Applicant

 Amount Awarded

REGION 1

 

Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

 $     451,000

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce

 $     132,000

North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA)

 $       84,000

Post Falls Chamber of Commerce

 $       68,500

REGION 2

City of Lapwai

 $         2,250

Grangeville Chamber

 $       12,500

Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau

 $       40,000

Kamiah Chamber of Commerce

 $       23,500

Moscow Chamber of Commerce

 $       43,000

North Central Idaho Travel Assoc (NCITA)

 $       37,000

Orofino Chamber of Commerce

 $       16,000

Salmon River Chamber of Commerce

 $       35,000

REGION 3

Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB)

 $     687,000

Cascade Chamber of Commerce

 $       38,000

Gold Buckle Champions Inc.

 $       48,000

McCall Area Chamber of Commerce

 $     145,000

Nampa Chamber of Commerce

 $       53,000

Southwest Idaho Travel Assoc (SWITA)

 $     274,205

REGION 4

Southern Idaho Tourism (SIT)

 $     269,450

REGION 5

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

 $       37,868

Pioneer Country Travel Council

 $       90,000

Pocatello Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

 $       90,000

REGION 6

Snake River Territory Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

 $     151,372

Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC)

 $       51,480

YellowstoneTeton Territory (YTT)

 $     257,873

REGION 7

Hailey Chamber of Commerce

 $       27,800

Lemhi County Economic Development Assoc

 $       25,000

Lost Rivers Economic Development

 $         4,000

Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce

 $       36,400

Sun Valley Marketing Alliance Inc

 $     210,510

MULTI REGION

Idaho Bed & Breakfast Assoc (IBBA)

 $       26,785

Idaho Outfitters & Guides Assoc (IOGA)

 $       73,632

Idaho RV Campgrounds Assoc (IRVCA)

 $       72,940

Idaho Ski Areas Assoc (ISAA)

 $       54,065

TOTAL 2014 ITC GRANT AWARDS

 $  3,669,130

Tourism is a more than $4 billion dollar industry in Idaho, and building Idaho’s economy by increasing visitor expenditures throughout the state is the goal of the Idaho Travel Council and the Idaho Department of Commerce – Tourism Development team.  The team’s activities are funded by a two-percent tax, paid by travelers and collected by the state's hotel, motel and private campground owners. Forty-five percent of the funds are used for statewide programs targeted to international and domestic consumers, tour operators, travel agents, and travel journalists.  Another forty-five percent is distributed back to communities through the grant program. The remaining ten percent is used for administration of the division.

Total lodging tax collections for fiscal year 2014 were $8,005,651.

For a history of the grant awards, click here and open the “History of Grant Awards” document.  For a complete list of ITC Members, click here.           

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