Chamber receives ITC grant award

| August 7, 2020 1:00 AM

During its recent meeting, the Idaho Travel Council granted $5,867,607 in tourism marketing funding to non-profit organizations through the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program.

Among the group’s receiving a grant was the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, which received a $187,000 grant.

Eligible award recipients include non-profit local and regional tourism development organizations such as chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and regional travel organizations. Grant recipients use their awarded grant dollars to promote cities, towns, and regions of the state as travel destinations. Program elements are varied, but often include print and digital advertising, videography, brochures, attendance at travel shows, public relations, industry research, and the creation of websites.

“The Idaho travel and tourism industry is a key driver of our economy. We are working together with many stakeholders to rebound in the coming year,” said Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealey. “Restarting and growing the tourism industry has a positive impact on communities and businesses across Idaho. Our Commerce Department and the Idaho Travel Council are focused on maximizing our statewide tourism marketing efforts. Our grant program expands awareness of Idaho and influences travel to our state’s incredible destinations.”

Also receiving grants in North Idaho were the North Idaho Tourism Alliance, $105,500; the Coeur d’Alene Convention & Visitors Bureau, $728,000; and the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, $76,500.