Funding for the RTA comes from a TPA special assessment of $2.00 per room per night collected by hoteliers, and those funds are directed to the RTA for management. (Occupancy taxes and special assessments are typically the way the visitor sector of the economy provides for destination marketing.)
The RTA will continue to contract with the cities for additional local lodging tax dollars to market the region. The lodging tax is a special 1% room tax visitors pay when they stay in Seattle Southside hotels, motels, campgrounds or bed-and-breakfasts. A percentage of this tax is invested into the RTA to attract more overnight visitors to the region and serve them, in order to replenish the lodging tax funds. These tax revenues provide visitor services and facilities and group sales and tourism promotion through a variety of marketing and communications initiatives.
It’s the RTA’s fiduciary duty to use these funds to promote the region to travelers and to report our results. Find out how we plan on accomplishing this with success in “Destination 2020.”
View the Strategic Plan: “Destination 2020”