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Tompkins County Tourism Program: Promoting Economic Development, Enhancing Quality of Life


Applications for 2019 Tourism Grants are open now! We are currently accepting applications for grants in the following categories:

A workshop for potential grant applicants will be held on Tuesday, January 29, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850. The workshop is free and open to all. RSVP to

All applications must be submitted online via Common Grant Application. For instructions on using Common Grant Applicaition please watch this brief video.

Recommendations for grant funding are made by the Strategic Tourism Planning Board, an advisory board to the Tompkins County Legislature.

When visitors stay in hotels or bed and breakfasts in Tompkins County, they pay a hotel room occupancy tax. These funds are collected by County government from lodging operators and are re-invested in a variety of tourism initiatives that promote economic development and enhance local quality of life. All investments are aligned with the Tompkins County 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan.

Picture of cover page for the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Plan The 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan was accepted by the Tompkins County Legislature on September 18, 2012
The Plan seeks to inspire action to support tourism development in Tompkins County on a community-based model of tourism development in which our attraction as a destination is the combination of unique experiences and offerings that also makes Tompkins County a great place to live, work, go to school, retire and grow a business.

The 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan

Appendix A Possible Actions
Appendix B Performance Indicators
Appendix C Chmura Study
Appendix D 2005-2010 Plan