Local businesses awarded $68K tourism promotion grant from Visit Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. — On Monday, Visit Spokane announced the 2020 recipients of its annual Tourism Promotion Area grant.

This year the $68,630 prize is split among five parties: Spokane Hoopfest Association, The Family Fun Guide & WOW China, JAKT Foundation, Vision Marketing LLC, and Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association.

Events are selected based on their ability to bring tourists to the area.

The Spokane County Commissioners approved the awardee recommendations of the Spokane County Hotel-Motel Board. TPA funds come from a two-dollar per room, per night fee charged to hotel lodgers that is returned directly to Spokane County.

Traditionally, the money is used to help market events that will bring visitors to Spokane.

Hoopfest received that largest award, $30,000, for their addition of Olympic style 3-on-3 basketball to the annual tournament. Other events sponsored by the funds this year include Northwest Winterfest, Crave NW, the 2020 Spokane Summer Classic Adult Soccer Tournament, Mt. Spokane Hucks, and Bikes & Brews.

More information on the TPA grants can be found HERE.