City of Bainbridge Island requests tourism proposals

The city is requesting proposals for projects that promote tourism on Bainbridge Island.

The Bainbridge Island City Council approved a funding range from $2,000 to $50,000 for an individual award under the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s 2014 funding cycle.

According to the city’s request for proposals, the fund is “to encourage innovative projects of all sizes that recognize and promote the exciting — and expanding — tourism trends and opportunities happening on Bainbridge Island.”

It further specifies that the funds must be used to either create new tourism promotion programs or expand and enhance existing programs.

Funds cannot be used to replace current funding for existing programs.

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will be evaluating each proposal. Projects should encourage tourism from visitors traveling more than 50 miles away and from visitors outside Washington state.

Proposals will also be evaluated on the ability to demonstrate partnerships with other organizations and businesses to encourage cooperative tourism marketing.

The city will be accepting proposals until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

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