Lodging Tax Facts & Resources for Businesses
Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board Winter Campaign
November 16, 2016 - The Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board’s Winter social media campaign is in full swing and we want your organization to be a part of the Visit Jackson Hole story. Help us showcase the lifestyles, activities and guest resources that make your brand and our town so exceptional.
THE PLAN: We want to include your brand’s unique story in our social media promotion for Visit Jackson Hole. Send us your brand’s best experience based photographs and/or videos and we will integrate your content into the Visit Jackson Hole social media campaign.
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR: Are you a Hotelier with a great restaurant or bar? Perhaps you're a Retailer promoting a new outdoor line or hosting a community event. Whether you are a company or simply an individual who loves the Jackson Hole lifestyle your story is an important part of the Jackson Hole ethos. Please feel free to share any and all videos and images that contain landscapes, local activities, outdoor recreation, special events and/or unique resources.*Although we will not be able to post everything, we will try include your material wherever possible.
HASHTAGS: Use the hashtags: #VisitJacksonHole & #FindYourInnerWild.
TAGS: Tag Visit Jackson Hole in your experience based content with: @VisitJacksonHole. This will allow the Visit Jackson Hole audience to engage directly with your posts. This will allow us to engage with and share the posts you make on your own networks.
HOW TO GET YOUR CONTENT TO US: Please email all content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teton County voters reapproved the 2% lodging tax on Tuesday, November 4 with 6,156 ballots cast in favor of the tax. With such a resounding result, 3/4 of voters approved the 2% lodging tax, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opportunity continue advancing our mission in cooperation with the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Joint Powers Board.
President/CEO Jeff Golightly commented, “We are pleased that the Town and County will continue to receive ~$2 million annually to pay for services visitors and locals alike enjoy.”
For more information about the lodging tax and about the community benefits, please read below and visit facebook.com/LodgingTax.
Business Invited to Take Advantage of Featured Representation
August 4, 2015 - The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has received support from the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Joint Powers Board (4JH) to attend Travel Trade Shows focused on driving tourism to our community in the fall, winter, and spring months. The shows selected have been vetted by a cross section of local sales & marketing professionals in the tourism industry. Representation at the Travel Trade Shows will benefit the entire community as we focus on tourism outside of the summer months.
Although Chamber members and the community will be generally represented, featured representation opportunities are available. Participating business will be highlighted to meeting planners, tour operators, and consumers planning to come to our community.
If you have a HOTEL, RESTAURANT, ACTIVITY VENUE or anything else that you want visitors coming to Jackson to be aware of, this is the most cost effective way to market your business to those potential clients. PERIOD!
About the Lodging Tax
The lodging tax is a 2% tax that is added to a visitors stay in any Teton County hotel, motel or rental property. It was approved by voters in November 2010 and re-approved in November 2014.
Dubbed the "Tax you don't pay," this money is collected from tourists visiting the valley. The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Joint Powers board is responsible for allocating 60% of the collected funds. Teton County and Town of Jackson governments are responsible for the remaining 40% of funds collected.
About the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce recognizes the volunteer efforts of the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board. Thank you, Ponteir Sackrey, Aaron Pruzan, Mike Halpin, Chip Carey, Stephen Price, Alex Klein, and Liz Gibbs. Learn About the Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board. Visit www.tetonwyo.org/travel.
About Lodging Tax Distribution
Do you know how the Lodging Tax is distributed? Check out this handy infographic for a simple breakdown. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is honored to receive a portion of the funds of Visitor Services and Community Events.
The lodging tax is a tool that helps visitors pay for their own impacts.
Lodging tax goes to Town and County coffers for services like START Bus, community pathways maintenance, and trash and recycling collection on Town Square. It also helps fund Visitor Services at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce — professional agents connect visitors with the services they need when they're in the valley and when they're planning trips. One-on-one contact enables Jackson Hole to be more responsive and more competitive.
The lodging tax is important for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
The mission of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is to champion the interests of local businesses, enhance their prosperity, and strengthen the economic climate of Teton County. The lodging tax supports our mission by fostering a sustainable year round economy. The tax contributes to marketing efforts that focus on fall, winter, and spring — the seasons that have room for improvement. By working to alleviate seasonal dips, the lodging tax helps local business owners have more predictability.
The lodging tax helps to fund DestiMetrics.
The premier provider of lodging performance benchmarking tools to mountain resorts throughout the western United States, DestiMetrics provides occupancy numbers on a 45-day forward looking basis. The information is an invaluable tool for local government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to assist with strategic programming, staffing, purchasing, event planning, and more. Pictured: The team from DestiMetrics helped to educate the community about how to utilize the reports.
About the PAC, Citizens for a Sustainable Community
Citizens for a Sustainable Community, the lodging tax PAC, was created to advocate for the lodging tax by encouraging voter support. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the members of the PAC along with businesses, organizations, and individuals who contributed to the effort of educating Teton County voters. Would you like to make a contribution? Make checks payable to: Citizens for a Sustainable Community, PO Box 550, Jackson, WY 83001. For more information, please contact Casey Stout, Executive Assistant, email@example.com or 307.201.2303.
From the Desk of Jeff Golightly, President CEO
Jeff reviews the lodging tax in just 97 seconds. Please click to view the video above!
Would you like to know even more about the lodging tax?
Thanks to Board Chair Anna Olson for helping to answer questions about the Lodging Tax with CEO Jeff Golightly! If you are interested in learning more, please email Executive Assistant Casey Stout, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Businesses that Collect Lodging Tax
The following organizations help to set the guidelines for how the Lodging Tax is used in the state of Wyoming and provide resources to the participating hotels, motels and rental properties.
Community Members Support the Lodging Tax
Thanks to the community members who supported the 2014 lodging tax campaign! Please see a few of the advertisements that appeared in local media outlets. The community members explained in their own words why they supported the lodging tax reelection.