Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau seeking applications for tourism project grants

The Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau is seeking applications for tourism project grants, primarily to support shoulder season activities.

The bureau awards grants four times during the year and will be due on the following dates, which are two weeks prior to the group’s board meetings. The February round of grants looks primarily to events during the first half of 2018.

Grant dates in 2018 are: Feb. 1, April 2, Sept. 4 and Nov. 1.

Grants support tourism collateral production, promotion of area festivals and events, and website development, primarily within Clallam County. Grant guidelines and applications are available at www.olympicpeninsula.org/page/tourism-grants.

Organizations interested in applying are asked to call Marsha Massey at 360-452-8552 for more information.

Funds for this grant program are derived from revenue generated by the hotel/motel tax on lodging facilities in unincorporated Clallam County.

Lodging tax revenue is designated for the promotion of tourism to encourage long-term economic growth through tourism-related projects or events that attract overnight guests to the destination.

“Tourism to the Olympic Peninsula, including Clallam County, has continued to grow over the past several years,” Massey said.

“Tourism is economic development. Our overnight visitors contribute strongly to our local economy, not only to lodging establishments, but also to restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, retail shops, outfitters and attractions.”

“We are eager to work with stakeholders to create new possibilities to promote Clallam County and the Olympic Peninsula, particularly in our shoulder seasons of spring and autumn.”

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