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


Spring 2020 Tourism Grant Round Now Open

Applications  are being accepted for Community Celebrations, Tourism Project, Tourism Marketing and Advertising, and Tourism Capital Grants. Visit our Grants page for more information. 

Draft Strategic Tourism Plan Available

A new draft Strategic Tourism Plan is currently available to download. This draft incorporates public comments received before November 11. The Strategic Tourism Plan will guide the county’s values, goals, and proposed actions through 2027. 

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

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