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Creating Tourism Improvement Districts to Raise Stable Funding for Destination Marketing and Promotion

James Mak
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James Mak: University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa

No 2016-2, Working Papers from University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Abstract: Tourism Improvement Districts (TIDs), modeled after the more well-known Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), are increasing rapidly in the U.S. With enabling legislation from state and local governments, TIDs allow hoteliers in a tourist destination to ban together to impose compulsory assessments on nearly all the hotels in the district in order to raise money to fund destination marketing. To date, research on TIDs have come almost exclusively from destination marketing organizations (DMOs), travel associations, TIDs, and consultants with vested interest in the formation and expansion of TIDs. This paper synthesizes information from available reports and attempts to provide a more balanced view of the role of TIDs in destination tourism marketing and promotion.

Keywords: Tourism improvement district; tourism business improvement district; tourism marketing district (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H4 H7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2016-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mkt, nep-pke and nep-tur
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