SECTION 1. 7002-8029 For a competitive grant program administered by the office of travel and tourism to provide tourism and visitor marketing funds to businesses and regional tourism councils for the purpose of promoting and advertising visitation and tourism in order to create jobs, support the hospitality and tourism-related businesses in the commonwealth and stimulate the state and local economies of the commonwealth; provided, that not less than $5,000,000 shall be allocated to regional tourism councils in order to provide advertising, public relations and other marketing initiatives that will promote tourism and visitation and help recover jobs impacted by the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic ............................................$15,000,000 SECTION 2. For a grant program for small business for marketing campaigns that align with state and regional tourism marketing and promotion efforts ………………….. $10,000,000
SECTION 3. Section (a) of Section 13T of Chapter 23A of the general laws is hereby amended by striking out “10,000,000” and replacing it with “15,000,000”.
SECTION 4. Section 13T of Chapter 23A is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:
(f) At the end of each fiscal year, the department of revenue shall provide the amount of all occupancy excise taxes collected over the course of the fiscal year. In the event the revenue collected from the occupancy excise tax for that fiscal year exceeds that of the prior fiscal year, 10% of that increase shall be deposited into the Tourism Trust Fund. These funds shall be distributed as allocated in section (d) of this section.
SECTION 5. Grants from the amounts collected pursuant to subsection (a) of section 13T of chapter 23A of the General Laws allocated to regional tourism councils pursuant to clause (ii) of subsection (d) of said section 13T of said chapter 23A shall be distributed not later than September 1 of each fiscal year. Grants from the amounts collected pursuant to subsection (b) of section 13T of chapter 23A of the General Laws allocated to regional tourism councils shall be distributed not later than September 1 of each fiscal year according to the current allocation formula.
SECTION 6. The secretary of the executive office of housing and economic development is hereby directed to make an application for a waiver for the commonwealth to utilize United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant funds to be directed though the Massachusetts office of travel and tourism to the regional tourism councils for visitation and tourism travel recovery marketing and promotion.
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