Tourism Promotion Area (TPA)

About the Program

The Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) program is funded through a special fee on lodging provided by hotels with 40 rooms or more throughout Pierce County. Funds are used to promote tourism and increase overnight stays at lodging facilities.

TPA board members are recommended by the Pierce County Lodging Association, appointed by the Pierce County Executive, and confirmed by the Pierce County Council.

For more information, contact Kathy Sorgenfrei at (253) 798-6906.

2019 TPA Application Process

The application packet is due by July 25, 2018. Upon submission, the application packet must include the following: 
  • TPA Master Application
  • Applicable Sub-Application(s) - see list below
  • TPA Master Budget Detail spreadsheet
  • Financial Documents:
    • Organization's 2018 Operating Budget
    • June 30, 2018 Financial Statement including Balance Sheet and Income Statement
  • Non-Profit IRS Determination Letter
  • Articles of Incorporation/By-Laws
  • Designation of Authorized Official Letter
  • Authorization to Request Funds Letter
Application Workshops:
General introduction application workshops will be held at the Pierce County Library Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St, Tacoma, WA, on the following dates and times:

  • June 13 - 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • June 14 - 8:30 am to 10:30 am
  • June 19 - 8:30 am to 10:30 am
  • June 20 - 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
We are also offering one-on-one application workshops; please contact Kathy Sorgenfrei at 253-798-6906 to schedule an appointment with PCEDD or to schedule a time to connect with JLL (Jones, Lang, LaSalle).

Application Resources:

2018 Meeting Notice

The following meetings of the Tourism Promotion Area Hotel Commission have been scheduled:
  • February 20 @ 10 a.m.
  • May 15 Rescheduled to May 29 @ 10 a.m. - Meeting was cancelled.
  • July 17 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Joint Tourism Boards Meeting (TPA & LTAC)
    Location: Pierce County Library Processing & Administrative Center located at 3005 112th Street East in Tacoma
  • August 21 @ 10 a.m.
  • November 20 @ 10 a.m.
All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (Boardroom North), 1500 Broadway Street, Tacoma, WA, 98402 unless otherwise indicated.

Any changes to the schedule or meeting place, including cancellations or special meetings, will be posted on this page and will be prominently displayed at the Pierce County Economic Development Department office at 950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 720, in Tacoma.