City accepting HOT Fund applications to promote local tourism

The City of Victoria is accepting applications from local organizations seeking Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Funds from July 29, 2019 until August 9, 2019.

Under a State of Texas law, the City of Victoria collects a Hotel Occupancy Tax from hotels, bed & breakfasts and other lodging facilities.

The revenues collected may only be used to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry.

Priority will be given to applicants based on their ability to generate overnight visitors to Victoria, including the arts, historical preservation, tourism and sporting organizations.

Only those events and programs that generate meaningful hotel night activity will be eligible to receive hotel occupancy tax funds.

All requests for funds must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on August 9, 2019. The application is posted to the City’s website.

Applicants should submit applications via email to: kconnally@victoriatx.org.

Applications will be reviewed by the HOT Funds Committee and recommendations will be made to the City Council in September.

The City Council will make final decisions on funding.

Pre-application sessions covering the HOT Funds application process and the evaluation process will be held on Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, August 1 at 10 a.m. on both days at 700 N. Main Street in Room 205 on both days.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend as attendance to an information session is part of the application process and will be taken into consideration during application evaluation.

For more information, please call 485-3520.

This information in this article is from a press release sent by Diane Boyett with the City of Victoria.

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