Application Period Now Open For Groups Seeking To Increase Local Tourism

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JAMESTOWN – A grant that aims to help increase tourism in Chautauqua County is now accepting applications.

The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development says the three percent Tourism Product Development Grant Program runs through October 1.

Applications are available online or at the offices of the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development located at 201 West Third Street.

The Tourism Product Development Grant Program is funded through the County’s five percent occupancy or “bed tax” for the rental of lodging units within the County.

Three-fifths of the revenue that is  generated from this tax is utilized to increase tourism, conventions, trade shows, special events, and  other directly related or supporting activities including businesses in the county.

The two-fifths occupancy tax is utilized solely for the enhancement and protection of lakes and streams in Chautauqua County.

Through this grant program, the County seeks to assist in catalyzing opportunities that promote or  support the development of specific themes or significant events and attractions that enhance the  level of visitor experience, and ultimately the number of visitors, to the County.


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