The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, along with its subsidiary the Vancouver USA Regional Sports Commission, is an economic development organization responsible for competitively marketing Vancouver and the surrounding area as a destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events, group tours, and leisure travelers. With the combined effort of our board of directors, community partners, industry stakeholders, and staff, our mission is to promote Vancouver and Clark County and increase convention and visitor business as well as leisure travel to our area, which results in significant increases in tourism-related earnings, tax collections, and jobs
Tourism Office Services
The Tourism Office offers a variety of services that are aimed at promoting Vancouver USA as a meetings and leisure destination, increasing meeting and convention conversions, assisting meeting and tour planners, providing marketing opportunities for local businesses, and providing visitor assistance.
The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office is a non-profit 501 (c) 6 destination management organization funded by a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA). This special assessment charges all hotel guests with a flat $2 per night charge and applies only to room night charges at hotels with 40 or more rooms. Total TPA collections in 2011 were $942,568. Unlike the majority of destination marketing organizations that use a TPA assessment to augment base funding provided by transient lodging tax, the Tourism Office receives the bulk of its funding directly from the TPA. In-kind contributions and co-op dollars from the local hospitality industry also contribute to our marketing efforts.