VSPC will hold a public information session at 10 a.m. this Friday, February 24, to review the new eligibility guidelines for the funding of Elite Events, distribute applications and answer any questions regarding the process.
These new guidelines create a two-tier eligibility field based on a given event’s number of projected room nights and/or attendance, as well as the collective marketing reach of the event on a regional, national and international scale. Qualified applicants will be eligible for either reimbursable marketing dollars or direct sponsorship funding from VSPC, depending on the nature of the organization.
This expansion of the Elite Event funding program is designed to maximize the economic benefits of Pinellas County’s tourism marketing associated with these events and to provide fair and equitable funding opportunities for all qualified applicants. Elite Events conducted by either for-profit or not-for-profit entities (including municipalities) are eligible for funding. Qualified Category 1 Elite Events project or have a history of at least 25,000 attendees or project or have a history of at least 10,000 room nights, and are nationally televised. Qualified Category 2 Elite Events project or have a history of at least 15,000 attendees or project or have a history of at least 5,000 room nights.
Examples of events that have received Elite Event funding in the past include the Honda Grand Prix (pictured), Outback Bowl and the Transitions PGA Golf Tournament.
Friday’s meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at the St. Pete College EpiCenter (13805 58th St. N., Clearwater, FL 33760) in room 2-304, from 10 to 11 a.m. No RSVP is necessary. Applications will also be downloadable from PinellasCVB.com starting this Friday.
For more information, please review the official Elite Event Funding Guidelines.
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