Here you will find information about tourism grant programs and other initiatives of the Tompkins County 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 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan.
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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.
Tourism Partner Award
The Tompkins Tourism Partner Award recognizes individuals, organizations, and associations who through their voluntary actions have made a positive impact on the local economy by attracting visitors to Tompkins County for meetings, conferences and events.
Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis from local hotel sales staff, STPB members, Legislature members, and the Ithaca Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Awards are made twice a year by the Tompkins County Legislature and are commemorated with an engraved paving stone at a trailhead of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. Past award recipients include the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for hosting their 100-year anniversary in Ithaca, Mark Wenham for organizing the annual TurkeyShoot Lacrosse Tournament, and the NCUR Executive Committee at Ithaca College for bringing this large national conference to Ithaca in 2011. Nomination Forms are here. Submit completed forms via email to the Tompkins County Tourism Program; mail to 121 E. Court St., Ithaca NY 14850; or fax to 274-5578.