Thursday, February 23, 2017

How a Convention and Visitors Bureau is Funded

The Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization with a goal of attracting and welcoming visitors to the area, as well as educating tourists and locals of the region's history and infrastructure. The GCCVB receives funding through the Excise Tax from accommodation facilities located in our county. The 3% Excise Tax (Bed Tax) is levied and imposed upon each overnight transaction in a Gallia County accommodation facility. These taxes should not be confused with the sales tax.

Accommodation facility: Means every establishment kept, used, maintained, advertised or held out to the public to be a place where sleeping accommodations are offered to guests, in which one (1) or more rooms are used for the accommodation of such guests, where such rooms are in one or several structures including “Bed & Breakfast” facilities.

These funds are collected by the Auditors Office from each lodging facility on a quarterly basis.  However, if you are a non-transient guest who occupies a room for more than thirty (30) or more consecutive days, you are exempt from this tax. In addition to the excise tax, CVB's often host events that generate additional support during the off season which encourage overnight stays in local facilities. One example is the Gallia County BBQ Festival, this event is hosted the second Saturday of September by the GCCVB. On the other hand, some CVB's with limited accommodations are able to work within the community and receive funding via museums.

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So, when you stay at a hotel or Bed & Breakfast you are contributing to the local Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Which works diligently to give the community a boost economically by educating visitors of the attractions, restaurants, accommodations, events, etc. of that area. We focus on advertising our communities via social media, brochures, travel shows, and everything in between. Why do we do it? Because we ❤ our community and want to share it with everyone!

And as always thanks for reading.

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