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Idaho Travel Council Announces Annual Grant Awards

Over $3.95 Million Awarded for Tourism Promotion Boise, Idaho 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:
Applicant  Amount Awarded
Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

 $         488,000

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce

 $         141,500

North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA)

 $            94,000

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

Southeast Idaho High Country

 $            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

YellowstoneTeton 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


 $      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.