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How Orange County Will Use Tourist Tax To Lure Sports Events

Camping World Stadium. Photo by Kitch
Camping World Stadium. Photo by Kitch

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has outlined rules for a $5 million fund to lure sporting events to the area.  It adds new details to a plan approved by Orange County commissioners last year.

The funding will be granted under a sliding scale based on the number people expected to attend, hotel rooms booked, and economic impact.

Visit Orlando is a public-private partnership that uses tax dollars to market the region. It will play a role in determining whether applicants can meet those attendance and economic benchmarks.

There will also be a seven-member committee sifting through the applications and deciding which ones to recommend to the board of commissioners.

In the memo, Mayor Jacobs said the county will also consider making a bid to host the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in 2019.