Door County Tourism Zone Commission Annual Meeting
May 20, 2016
The Door County Tourism Zone will hold its annual meeting on June 16, 2016 at the Town of Baileys Harbor, Town Hall located at 2392 CTH F. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m., directly before our regular Commission meeting. On behalf of the Commission, I will review our 2015 Annual Report, independent audit, our accomplishments over the past year, and discuss our items that we are working on in 2016.
2015 room tax collections rose to $4,130,828 up 8.5% over 2014 collections. Tourism continues to grow in Door County due to the partnership with the lodging community in collecting room tax, the DCTZC for collections and enforcement and the DCVB for its marketing efforts. Marketing efforts continue to grow as room tax collections grow; thank you for your commitment and understanding of what room tax and tourism does for our local economy.
DCVB president/CEO Jack Moneypenny will discuss 2015 marketing activities and update us on the 2016 season. By the end of 2016, the Door County Tourism Zone Commission expects to have collected $33,793,182 in room tax revenues and will have turned over $22,303,500 to the Door County Visitor Bureau for tourism marketing and promotion for the period of 2007-2016. As part of National Tourism week the DCVB created the following publications: "The Power of Tourism" and "2016 Door County Tourism Economic Impact Fact Sheet" both illustrate the success of room tax and the importance of our partnership with the DCVB, member municipalities and Door County lodging providers.
As of today, $1,600 remains to be collected in past due tax, interest and penalties (.04% of 2015 room tax revenue). At year end 2015, the DCTZC had permitted 102 permits in which 45 (44%) of the newly permitted properties were found through investigative work by the Commission and permitted through compliance channels which is up from 38% in 2014.
On behalf of the Door County Tourism Zone Commission, I hope you will join us for the Annual Meeting in which we can celebrate the accomplishments of 2015 and discuss opportunities for growth for 2016.
The 2015 Annual Audit and the 2015 Annual Report PowerPoint presentation will be reviewed at the Annual Meeting. Both will be available online on our website after the meeting.
Have a successful season,
Josh Van Lieshout, Chair/Administrator City of Sturgeon Bay