Duluth announces tourism tax allocation plans for organizations in 2022

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A new proposed Duluth tourism tax allocation list was released today by the mayor’s office, with 40 businesses on the list hoping for their share of 12-million dollars come January 2022.

Mayor Emily Larson is excited ahead of the city council meeting on October 25th. She says, “This is twelve plus million dollars that we get to reinvest and that is a huge thing that we get to do."

She explains the allocation by saying, “This resolution that’s coming forward is all inclusive. It’s really exciting, it maintains our interaction and investment with Visit Duluth and does so also by honoring the many other commitments we are having in our vision to expand tourism moving forward."

Visit Duluth will be under contract even with the decision to partner with Bellmont Partners for tourism marketing. "We know they will continue to really represent and sell this community for convention sales, for sports, and a whole bunch of other events, and provide visitor center experiences,” Larson says in reference to Visit Duluth.

And the funds will be aimed to help organizations in the pandemic recovery process. The Mayor says, “These recommendations are really about resetting and recovering from the pandemic. And so many of these organizations are long standing in our community whether it’s Glensheen, The Children’s Museum, Spirit Mountain or the zoo. You know these are places people have long standing relationships with.