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 Barry, 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 […]

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 […]

Bellevue-Redmond Tourism Promotion Area Forms!

Congratulations to Visit Bellevue and the City of Redmond on securing a major funding win for their cities! The Bellevue-Redmond Tourism Promotion Area (BRTPA) ordinance was officially adopted on Monday, February 13th. This agreement between the two cities would set up the BRTPA for a total of five years. All lodging businesses in the BRTPA […]

Illinois Enacts New Tourism Improvement District Legislation

On Friday, February 10th, Governor J. B. Pritzker signed Illinois HB0268 Tourism Preservation and Sustainability District Act into law. This law allows for the creation of tourism marketing and recovery district throughout the state. Senator, Sara Feigenholtz states, “This bill creates a lifeline for destination development activities-ensuring that tourism and hospitality operations in every corner of […]

BREAKING NEWS: Over 200 TIDs Now in Formation

We are ecstatic to announce the creation of the 200th and 201st Tourism Improvement District (TID)! A TID is a strategic approach to funding destination marketing that harnesses the power of local businesses to invest in their community. We are delighted that destinations around the world, including the newest two below, are using this mechanism […]

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Rhode Island Enacts New Tourism Improvement District Legislation

Like so many of our destinations in the United States, the COVID-19 Pandemic presented new and more complicated obstacles for funding Tourism Destination Marketing Organizations in Rhode Island. Seeking to provide a stable solution for the industry, Kristen Adamo and the team at Go Providence teamed up with Representative Lauren Carson of Newport to pass […]

Utah Legislation Update

Congratulations to Visit Salt Lake on their hard-earned TID legislative win! Last week, HB373, Convention & Tourism Assessment Area Act (CTAA Act), sponsored by Rep. Robert Spendlove and Sen. Gregg Buxton, passed. The CTAA Act allows Salt Lake County tourism businesses to create TIDs for new and supplemental ways of promoting tourism, such as: sponsoring or incentivizing cultural or sports […]

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