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Idaho awards tourism promotion grants

Regional Chambers of Commerce now know how much funding they’ll have to promote Idaho’s $4 billion tourism industry within their communities next year.

The Idaho Travel Council granted a total of $6,141,270 in marketing funding to non-profit organizations participating in the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program. The funding comes mostly from a 2% hotel-motel room tax. 45% of the total is used for statewide promotional programs, 45% is returned to local programs, and 10% is used for administration of the Tourism Development division.

Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations like chambers of commerce or convention and visitors bureaus. They use the grants to promote cities, towns, and regions as travel destinations. The program elements include such things as print and digital advertising, videography, brochures, attendance at travel shows, public relations, direct mail, industry research, and the creation of websites.

Applicant

Amount Awarded

REGION 1

Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitors Bureau

$ 715,000

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce

$ 205,000

North Idaho Tourism Alliance (NITA)

$ 108,000

Post Falls Chamber of Commerce

$ 75,500

REGION 2

Hells Canyon VB dba Visit Lewis Clark Valley

$ 99,000

Moscow Chamber of Commerce

$ 99,638

North Central Idaho Travel Assoc (NCITA)

$ 94,068

REGION 3

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce DBA Boise CVB

$ 1,144,258

Cascade Chamber of Commerce

$ 79,000

McCall Area Chamber of Commerce

$ 329,735

Nampa Chamber of Commerce

$ 90,000

Southwest Idaho Travel Assoc (SWITA)

$ 570,458

REGION 4

Southern Idaho Tourism (SIT)

$ 389,790

REGION 5

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

$ 47,000

Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism

$ 137,174

Pocatello Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

$ 170,800

REGION 6

Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce

$ 290,000

Teton Regional Economic Coalition

$ 157,000

Yellowstone Teton Territory (YTT)

$ 461,844

REGION 7

Hailey Chamber of Commerce

$85,250

Lemni County Economic Development Ass.

$26,500

Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce

$79,000

Sun Valley Marketing Alliance Inc

$ 405,526

Challis Chamber

$ 6,910

MULTI REGION

Idaho Lodging & Restaurant Assoc (ILRA)

$ 30,700

Idaho Outfitters & Guides Assoc (IOGA)

$ 93,000

Idaho RV Campgrounds Assoc (IRVCA)

$ 86,919

Idaho Ski Areas Assoc (ISAA)

$ 64,200

TOTAL 2019 ITC GRANT AWARDS

$ 6,141,270

“Travel and tourism continue to have a positive impact on Idaho’s economy,” said Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealey. “This growth benefits businesses and communities of all sizes, and we are proud of our statewide marketing efforts and the grant program for keeping Idaho top of mind and influencing travel to our many incredible destinations.”

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