In 2012, Portland’s hotel community united to create a new funding stream to enhance promotion of the Portland Region as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. To accomplish this, Portland’s City Council passed an ordinance creating the Portland Tourism Improvement District (TID) on June 20, 2012.
What is the TID?
Portland’s TID is a city-approved and hotelier-proposed assessment of two percent per night on guest room revenues for all hotels with more than 50 rooms located within the city of Portland.
The TID provides a stable source of tourism funding to support sales, marketing and promotional efforts with the ultimate goal of increasing hotel occupancy and overall visitor spending in the market. Unlike the existing transient lodging tax, the funds gathered through the Tourism Improvement District assessment are managed by hoteliers, not the city. The funds are shared with Travel Portland through the existing city structure for gathering and distributing hotel fees.
With the TID assessment, Portland’s per-night hotel assessment of 14.5 percent will still be at least 0.5 percent lower than the average for the West Coast and like-sized U.S. cities, and having no sales tax is an extra draw to convention and leisure visitors.
Within the first few years of TID implementation, Travel Portland expects thousands of additional tourism-related jobs and an increase of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual visitor spending.
Below you can find background information on the TID, how it benefits Portland and the specific ordinance and city code language that created it.