San Francisco Peninsula TMD Conversion Ushers in a New Era of Growth and Innovation

Civitas is proud to congratulate John Hutar and the remarkable team at San Francisco Peninsula on the conversion of the previous San Mateo Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) into the San Francisco Peninsula Tourism Marketing District (TMD). This strategic shift, transitioning from the ’89 law to a ’94 district, marks a significant milestone in the […]

Celebrating the Formation of the Lafayette Tourism Improvement District

We are thrilled to congratulate the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission and its leadership, President and CEO Ben Berthelot, as they celebrate the huge milestone of securing sustainable funding for their destination. On September 20, 2023, the city of Lafayette approved the formation of the game-changing Lafayette Tourism Improvement District (LTID). With a 2% self-imposed […]

Formation of Landmark Portland Tourism Development District

A huge congratulations to Portland, Maine, on the formation of the Portland Tourism Development District (PTDD) under the visionary leadership of Lynn Tillotson, President and CEO of Visit Portland. The PTDD’s unique assessment method, based on the business activity related to each parcel within the district, creates a fair and rational funding model. This model […]

Salt Lake County Forms the First Convention and Tourism Assessment Area in Utah

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Visit Salt Lake, led by President & CEO Kaitlin Eskelson and her talented staff, on June 13, 2023, the first-ever Convention and Tourism Assessment Area in Utah was established in Salt Lake County. Participating hotels will levy a 2% assessment on gross short-term guest room rental revenue, with collection […]

Richmond Region Celebrates Passage of Tourism Improvement District Formations!

Congratulations to Richmond Region Tourism and its leadership Katherine O’Donnell, Executive Vice President, and Jack Berry, President, and CEO, for securing a major funding win for Virginia! After almost 12 months of hard work, determination and strategic planning, Richmond Region Tourism, in partnership with hotels within the region, has secured a path to sustainable funding […]

Montgomery and Florence, Alabama Pass Tourism Improvement District Legislation!

Montgomery, Alabama Congratulations to Anna Buckalew, Ron Simmons, and Sheron Rose with the Montgomery Chamber and their team of lobbyists and consultants, including Ben Wieseman, Principal of Place Associates, Quintin Hawkins, Principal of QH Consulting LLC, Collier Neeley , Executive Director of Landmark Foundations, and Josh Blades, Senior Advisor for Bradley Law Firm on their hard-earned TID legislative win! On May 24, SB166, […]

Minnesota Boosts Tourism with New Tourism Improvement District Legislation!

Minnesota’s tourism landscape is on the cusp of a major transformation with the recent passage of the SF 1811 Omnibus Tax Law. This landmark legislation paves the way for the establishment of Tourism Improvement Districts (TIDs) throughout the state, promising to revitalize the tourism industry. The passage of this revolutionary act is credited to the […]

DC Invests in Tourism

Congratulations to Destination DC and its local stakeholders for securing a major funding win for DC! On December 22, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a 1% increase in the bed tax rate that will raise an additional $20.7 million per year for Destination DC, almost doubling its current budget. The legislation will […]

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