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Our grant cycle is currently closed.  The next cycle will begin spring 2019.

Role of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

State law requires that cities with a Lodging Tax Fund establish an advisory committee. The role of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is to review grant applications for funding, and make recommendations to the Kent City Council about how the revenue from the lodging tax is spent. 
The Lodging Tax Fund is created through a state sales tax on overnight stays at hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or campgrounds.

The program is designed to fund the marketing, operation and promotion of activities, events or projects that promote Kent as a business or leisure destination, such as:

  • Advertising, publicizing, or distributing information to attract and welcome business and/or leisure travelers
  • Developing strategies to expand business/leisure travel or promotion
  • Operations and capital expenditures of tourism-related facilities owned or operated by a municipality or public facilities district
  • Funding the marketing of, or the operation of special projects, events, or conferences designed to attract business/leisure travelers.

Meeting Information

Advisory Committee Members

 Member  Organization  Term Length  Term Expires
 Councilmember Bill Boyce, Chair   City of Kent  1 year  12/31/19
 John Casey  Kent Chamber/Kent Downtown Partnership  3 years  7/31/19
 Tim Higgins  accesso ShoWare Center  3 years  9/5/19
 Andrew Hutchison  Best Western, Plaza by the Green  3 years  12/31/21
 Andrea Keikkala  Kent Chamber of Commerce  3 years  5/31/19
 David Kwok  Hampton Inn by Hilton  3 years  7/31/19
 Bryan Powell  Ramada by Wyndham  3 years  5/31/19
 Barbara Smith  Kent Downtown Partnership  3 years  12/31/21
 Mohamed Abouelrous  Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham  3 years  12/31/21


Members are appointed by the City Council; the committee must include the following:

  • Four member representatives of businesses that are required to collect the tax
  • Four members to represent activities authorized to be funded by the tax
  • One Kent City Councilmember who serves as chair of the committee
  • Apply to Serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Who is Eligible to Apply for Lodging Tax Grants?

Nonprofit industry associations and organizations, convention and visitors’ bureaus, public facilities districts, destination marketing organizations, chambers of commerce and municipalities are eligible to apply.