How Orange County Will Use Tourist Tax To Lure Sports Events
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.