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Funding Alert!! | March 10, 2021

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Tourism Funding Needs Your Help!!
Increase In Both Chambers Will NOT Survive Without Your Advocacy

For the first time EVER, the tourism industry has legislation in both legislative chambers that would more than double funding to the IEDA for tourism marketing. House File 789 (Link) and Senate File 475 (Link) both contain a $5 million allocation from Alcohol Beverages Division receipts directly to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for tourism marketing.

HF 789 is currently in the House Ways & Means Committee and SF 475 is in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Both are funnel proof, but we are miles and miles away from seeing this new money enacted. We need the industry to step forward on this and be talking with your legislators!

The Iowa Economic Development Authority currently spends about $1.94 million on tourism and marketing, so replacing that with $5 million would be game-changing for the industry. Contact your legislators today and tell them you support higher funding for tourism, an industry that got hammered during the past year. Tell your story!!

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The 30-To-90 Day Hotel/Motel Tax Change

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District Leaders,
TFI and the tourism industry worked hard over the last few years to encourage legislators to pass the hotel/motel tax collection modification for anyone that stays in a hotel for longer than 30 days. It was a huge WIN for the industry when the 30-To-90 Day Hotel/Motel Tax Change took effect July 1, 2020.
Now it is up to the industry to help spread the message about the new law and help encourage compliance. Use this quick informational sheet to share the message with your local hoteliers and thank them for their partnership with promoting tourism for Iowa. The document is available here.
The full language of the bill can be found here.