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Lodging providers learn about tourism districts

M. Kate West
Staff Writer

Verna Sulpizio, of Civitas, gave a presentation on tourism business investment districts to lodging providers and property managers in Chester on Thursday, July 24, at the Best Western Rose Quartz Inn.

Sulpizio did an identical presentation in Graeagle later the same day.

Chester attendees were Ghulam Fareed, owner of the Best Western in Chester and the Gold Pan in Quincy; Filip Laboda, of the Bidwell House Bed and Breakfast; and Susan Bryner, who is the property manager for Coldwell Banker, Kehr-O’Brien Real Estate. Karen Kleven, who is employed by the Feather River Land Trust, attended, as did Dr. Kevin Trutna, Feather River College president.

Sulpizio gave an informed presentation and responded to questions.

She spoke about the political decline of funding going to chambers and visitors bureaus as a result of “city councils or boards of supervisors asking the question, do we fund fire and safety or tourism?”

Chester questions primarily centered on the formation process, where the nonprofit would be located and what the contracted cost to form would be.

Sulpizio said Civitas estimates it would take eight months to form a Plumas County TBID. She also said that after working closely for the first four months of the eight-month contract, the decision as to whether to go forward with formation or a lack of support for formation would be clear.

She estimates the Civitas contract would cost $42,000 and lodging owners would be responsible to pay the contracted fee.

While the Chester lodging providers did not commit to a countywide TBID, Bryner did take multiple copies of the presentation and said she plans to talk to local lodging providers.

After closing the meeting, Sulpizio and Trutna traveled to Graeagle to offer the same presentation.

Tracy Wixted, of the Ranchito Motel in Quincy, attended the east end meeting and said it was well received.

“The meeting in Graeagle was very positive and it seems everyone there is on board to continue the steps to move forward,” she said.

What is a TBID?

TBIDs are also referred to as tourism marketing districts or tourism improvement districts.

Currently there are a combination of 150 cities and counties in California who have formed districts.

She said lodging providers who are part of a TBID have seen an increase to their bottom line with their return on investments running anywhere from 5:1 all the way to 20:1.

TBIDs impact the economy

Sulpizio provided statistics resulting from a Cal Travel study on tourism marketing districts in the areas of creating jobs, growing the economy and providing budget relief for the state of California.

This study revealed that the assessments collected by all TBIDs from their members provided $8.9 billion in direct new tourism spending. A total of $19.9 billion was spent in total direct, indirect and induced tourism spending.

Increased tourism resulted in 81,500 jobs and $2.8 billion in personal income for workers.

California benefited with $493 million in new tax revenue while local governments in TBIDs gained $196 million in new tax revenue.

TBID estimate for Plumas County

“Based on the TOT (transient occupancy tax) numbers for 2012, if the TBID implemented a 2 – 3 percent assessment on lodging properties in the county of Plumas, between $315,000 and $471,000 could be raised annually,” Sulpizio said.

That breaks down to $26,250 to $39,250 a month.

She advised that a 3 percent figure was on the high side but with the Plumas County TOT rate of 9 percent, totaling 12 percent to lodging guests, it was not too much.

She said many other areas have a higher tax rate.

TBID composition

Sulpizio said that TBIDs, like the communities in Plumas County, have their distinct differences and no two are alike.

In other areas in California, some TBIDs have restaurants and other tourism-related businesses as members.

How a TBID in Plumas County might look would be fully dependent on the vision of the forming members.

In order to form a TBID, 51 percent of the Plumas County lodging providers would need to vote in the affirmative.

if I noticed a 12% TOT on my lodging bill, I would never return, or if I did, it would be with my trusty Kelty tent to camp in the woods for free and leave PC with pee on your ground. Tax this!
You already pay more TOT in 95% of the counties in CA than in Plumas. Our TOT is 9%, one of the lowest in California. IN addition, this is not a tax, this is a TID and it goes to promoting tourism in the county, so if you want your county to disappear right off the map, then keep on thinking this narrowly.
concerned citizen Wednesday, 06 August 2014
It's obvious that you don't use lodging anywhere or like most people don't notice what charges are on your bill. These types of ***essments are becoming common through out the State. We either get on board or slow watch our county lose business to the rest of the State.
This article is drivel. Typical of the Bulletin; A topic of no real substance, focusing waaaaay to much on bureaucratic issues, long run on sentences, and horrible grammar. It is as if the articles in this paper were meant to be read by 5 year old kids, or 95 year old retired folks. Neither of which can read very fast or comprehensively.
The article is FACTUAL, which I for one, appreciate. Maybe you should go write for the paper, you sound like you know a LOT about what EVERYONE wants.
This article is reporting on the beginning of a very important program we are trying to implement to save our county. As most of you know, we lodging providers collect TOT, which goes into the general fund, which then goes to the library, road construction, etc. NOT for promoting our county. By creating a TID, we lodging providers will collect an additional ***essment that will go directly into promoting our county and not to the general fund. We are already competing with so many California destinations that we cannot afford to not do this. We are slowly going backwards and will soon be nothing but ghost towns; no people, no jobs. If anyone is interested in viewing the video of one of the presentations or wants more info please contact me – Ranchito Motel. Thank you.



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