Olympia Accepting Applications for 2018 Tourism Funding from Lodging Tax

City of Olympia
Date of Release: August 15, 2017

Kellie Purce Braseth
Strategic Communications Director

Olympia Accepting Applications for 2018 Tourism Funding from Lodging Tax

Applications for 2018 Lodging Tax funds are being accepted through September 21

The application period is open for funding from Olympia’s Lodging Tax for 2018 tourism‐related services. The application is posted on the City’s website: olympiawa.gov/lodgingtax.


Olympia receives an amount equal to a 4% tax on overnight hotel/motel/bed & breakfast lodging in the City of Olympia. By state law, the city’s Lodging Tax Fund is used for:


  • Marketing and operating expenses of festivals and events designed to attract tourists
  • Capital and/or operating costs of tourism‐related facilities owned by the City, and
  • Operating expenses of tourism‐related facilities operated by 501c3 and 501c6 non‐profit organizations.


Non‐profit and government agencies that provided tourism services or operate tourism facilities are eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed by Olympia’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee who will recommend 2018 funding to the City Council. All agencies awarded funding will be required to sign a contract with the City to provide specific tourism services during 2018.


In particular, the Olympia committee is seeking applications for events, activities, and facilities that attract tourists who stay overnight in Olympia hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities.


The deadline for Lodging Tax Fund applications is Thursday, September 21, 4 p.m. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will not consider any late application.


Questions can be directed to Kellie Purce Braseth, Strategic Communications Director and staff liaison to Olympia’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, 360.753.8361, kbraseth@ci.olympia.wa.us.