Idaho Travel Council Announces Annual Grant Awards

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NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

Contact: Laurie McConnell
Idaho Tourism

Idaho Travel Council Announces Annual Grant Awards
Over $3.95 Million Awarded for Tourism Promotion

Boise, Idaho—August 19, 2015—During its summer meeting held in Sun Valley this week, the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) granted over $3.95 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 digital advertising, brochures, attendance at 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 2016 grant award recipients are:

North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA)$94,000Post Falls Chamber of Commerce$141,500North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA)$73,250

North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA)$94,000

Applicant Amount Awarded
Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau $488,000
Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce $141,500
Post Falls Chamber of Commerce $73,250
Grangeville Chamber $13,000
Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau $55,865
Kamiah Chamber of Commerce $33,000
Moscow Chamber of Commerce $56,365
Orofino Chamber of Commerce $22,000
Salmon River Chamber of Commerce $42,000
Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) $742,500
Cascade Chamber of Commerce $42,000
McCall Area Chamber of Commerce $165,462
Nampa Chamber of Commerce $77,500
Southwest Idaho Travel Assoc (SWITA) $313,000
Southern Idaho Tourism (SIT) $275,608
Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) $42,125
Pioneer Country Travel Council $99,900
Pocatello Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) $124,142
Snake River Territory Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) $161,500
Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) $54,634
Yellowstone Teton Territory (YTT) $284,000
Hailey Chamber of Commerce $31,000
Lemhi County Economic Development Assoc $26,000
Lost Rivers Economic Development $3,000
Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce $37,400
Sun Valley Marketing Alliance Inc $220,000
Idaho Bed & Breakfast Assoc (IBBA) $29,286
Idaho Outfitters & Guides Assoc (IOGA) $72,147
Idaho RV Campgrounds Assoc (IRVCA) $82,538
Idaho Ski Areas Assoc (ISAA) $55,450
Total 2015 ITC Grant Awards $3,958,172

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 2015 were $8,797,398, an increase of 8.65% over last year.

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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