Lodging Tax Legislation

Tourism Promotion Program Criteria

State law defines promoting tourism as:
"activities, operations, and expenditures designed to increase tourism, including but not limited to, advertising, publicizing, or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; developing strategies to expand tourism; operating tourism promotion agencies; and funding the marketing of or the operation of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists."
Redmond Tourism Program Matching Grants awards are based on the extent to which the applicant project or activity meets the following criteria:
  • Priority is given to Redmond-based activities and projects
  • Priority is given to programs requesting seed money versus ongoing funding
  • The project or activity:  
    • promotes tourism which benefits the overall community; rather than a specific segment or interest
    • supports regional tourism planning and promotion
    • promotes the unique attributes of Redmond for tourists and the community promotes the city as a destination place
    • encourages partnerships (public/private)
    • supports long-lasting assets, capital facilities and amenities
Additional guidelines for the program are as follows:
  • Minimum award is $1,000
  • No award of funds will exceed fifty percent of the cost of the event/activity
  • Award will be contingent upon the applicant’s demonstration of other funding sources
  • Expenditures are subject to audit

The City reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to fund or not fund any particular project or program for which an application is submitted. The determination of whether to fund a particular project or program will be based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the ability of the program or project to promote tourism in the City, the relative merits of the project or program compared to the applications, and the overall availability of funding. The City is the sole judge of its obligation to fund any particular project or program regardless of its merits under these factors.

Washington State Reporting Requirements

In 2013, the Washington Legislature added a provision to the lodging tax statute (RCW 67.38) that requires applicants applying for use of lodging tax revenues to provide estimates of how any monies received will result in increases in the number of people traveling for business or pleasure on a trip. All funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis and will not be awarded until the Project Summary Report is submitted to the City of Redmond.  

Tourism Definitions   
Uses for Tourism Promotion
Establishing a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
Reporting Requirements for Use of Lodging Tax Funds

Additional Washington State Tax Information

Lodging Tax Legislation
Department of Revenue - Hotel and Motel
Washington Department of Revenue - Lodging