As destination marketing organizations, convention and visitors bureaus must educate potential visitors on reasons to visit their destinations. For the Columbia region, many are unaware of the area's attributes for visitors. With diverse target audiences - including those interested in family activities, historic sites, outdoor adventure, romantic getaways, culinary experiences, arts, culture and more - Columbia Metropolitan CVB must advertise and market in order to tout our region's attributes. A special budget has been put into place to increase general awareness of Columbia as a destination.
The Destination Specific Grant Program, put into place by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, offers the state's top tourist destinations, able to raise $500,000 or more of private funds, special funding to further the destination's marketing efforts. For each private dollar raised, the state will match 50 cents to be used to market the destination and its assets.
Destinations such as Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head raise millions of private dollars each year, and therefore, obtain substantial marketing funds. The Columbia area has been able to raise approximately $600,000 annually over the past four years. Our goal is to increase awareness of this program within our local hotel community, thus increasing the total match amount available. With this program in place, each $1.00 raised enables the CVB to leverage $1.50 on marketing aimed to bring new visitors to the Columbia region.
To participate, a Destination Marketing Fee of $1.00 plus South Carolina state sales tax (7% in Lexington County and 8% in Richland County) would be added to all guest folios. At the point of check-out, the guest has the opportunity to pay the fee and applicable associated tax, or opt out upon request. No money comes out of the hotel budget.Preferred Partner Benefits
Hotel partners who participate in the Destination Marketing Program become "Preferred Partners" and receive exclusive benefits beyond the standard partnership services.
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