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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At Civitas, we love to celebrate our clients’ wins. So, we are reaching out to hear your story. We want to highlight some of the great things your destination has been able to do since creating your district.

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 […]

Guest Post: The Rewards of Regenerative Strategy

By: GDS-Movement A long-form look at the key to sustained positive change and profit for MICE and leisure Tourism A trade fair visitor walks into a bar and… the bar is empty. Or, too full, depending on lockdown restrictions. The bar’s broken glasses and used napkins pile up in the alley alongside the entrance, awaiting a […]

Guest Post: The Rise and Role of Regenerative Event Planning

By: GDS-Movement Gone are the days of business as usual; it’s business unusual as the events industry reopens and reassesses. The pandemic has put recovery and sustainability into all our minds and lives, and the data is showing that we want to do things differently – and better – in the “new normal”. The Global […]

Guest Post: New Skills for a Brave New World.

By: GDS-Movement If you’re re-evaluating your relationship to everything right now, you’re in good company. It’s high time for rising hopes as global Covid-19 vaccinations slow down and climate change speeds up. For the GDS-Movement, the real “code red for humanity” is that we need new narratives and fresh perspective so that we can unearth […]

EDA Releases Notice of Funding Opportunity for Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Yesterday, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for destinations to secure American Recovery Plan Act funding. Through its Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Grants, destinations now have access to $750M in dedicated funding to help recover job and economic losses in tourism and outdoor recreation, broken down into two […]

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