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2019 Session

Budget Bill - HB1700 (Chapter 854)

Virginia Tourism Authority

Item 126

Item 126

First Year - FY2019Second Year - FY2020
Tourist Promotion (53600)$21,035,424$20,810,424
$21,235,424
Tourist Promotion Services (53607)FY2019 $21,035,424FY2020 $20,810,424
$21,235,424
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2019 $21,035,424FY2020 $20,810,424
$21,235,424

Authority: Title 2.2, Chapter 22, Article 8, Code of Virginia.


A.1. The Department of Transportation shall pay to the Virginia Tourism Authority $1,200,000 each year for continued operation of the Welcome Centers. The Department of Transportation shall fund maintenance at each facility based on the agreed-upon service levels contained in the Memorandum of Agreement between the Virginia Tourism Authority and the Department of Transportation. Included in the amounts in this paragraph is $100,000 each year for maintenance of the Danville Welcome Center.


2. To the extent necessary to fund the operations of the Welcome Centers, the Virginia Tourism Authority is authorized to collect fees paid by businesses for display space at the Welcome Centers.


B. Upon authorization of the Governor, the Virginia Tourism Authority may transfer funds appropriated to it by this act to a nonstock corporation.


C. Prior to July 1 of each fiscal year, the Virginia Tourism Authority shall provide to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees and the Director, Department of Planning and Budget a report of its operating plan. Prior to September 1 of each fiscal year, the authority shall provide to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees and the Director, Department of Planning and Budget a detailed expenditure report and a listing of the salaries and bonuses for all authority employees for the prior fiscal year. All three reports shall be prepared in the formats as previously approved by the Department of Planning and Budget.


D. The State Comptroller shall disburse the first and second year appropriations in twelve equal monthly installments. The Director, Department of Planning and Budget may authorize an increase in disbursements for any month, not to exceed the total appropriation for the fiscal year, if such an advance is necessary to meet payment obligations.


E.1. Out of the amounts in this Item, $2,475,000 the first year and $2,475,000 $2,875,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for grants to regional and local tourism authorities and other tourism entities to support their efforts. From the grants provided from the amounts included in this paragraph, priority consideration shall be given to funding for the Daniel Boone Visitor Center, as well as $100,000 the first year and $100,000 $200,000 the second year to the Coalfield Regional Tourism Authority, and $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year for events sponsored by Special Olympics Virginia, $550,000 the first year and $550,000 $850,000 the second year to the Southwest Virginia Regional Recreation Authority for the Spearhead Trails initiative, and $125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year to the City of Virginia Beach for a regional tourism entity.


2. Out of the amounts in this paragraph provided for the Southwest Virginia Regional Recreation Authority, up to $25,000 the second year from the general fund, shall be provided to establish a peer-support program for Virginia veterans in partnership with the Spearhead Trails initiative. The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services shall provide assistance in establishing such program upon the request of the board of the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority.


F. The Virginia Tourism Authority shall place a high priority on marketing rural areas of the state.


G. Out of the amounts in this Item, $3,100,000 in the first year and $3,100,000 in the second year from the general fund is provided to supplement appropriations to promote Virginia's tourism industries through an enhanced advertising campaign. Of these amounts, at least $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the second year shall be used to support a cooperative advertising program to partner with private sector tourism businesses and regional tourism entities to advertise Virginia as a tourism destination. The state dollars shall be used to incentivize private and regional tourism marketing funds on a $1.00 for $1.00 basis whereby the Virginia Tourism Corporation shall enter into agreements to undertake joint advertising purchases to promote Virginia and specific facilities with private sector and regional partners.


H. Out of the amounts in this Item, $330,012 the first year and $330,012 the second year from the general fund is provided to promote and advertise tourism in Virginia. These amounts include $130,012 in the first year and $130,012 in the second year for "See Virginia First," a partnership operated by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters to advertise Virginia Tourism, provided the Association contributes a total of at least $390,036 in television and radio advertising value to promote tourism in Virginia in the first year and $390,036 in the second year. Also included in these amounts is $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year to promote Virginia Parks, and $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year to promote Virginia's wineries.


I. Out of the amounts in this Item, $497,544 the first year and $497,544 the second year from the general fund is provided to purchase media in the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland markets through the "See Virginia First," a partnership operated by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, in association with its affiliates in other states in the region, provided that the Association can obtain contributions of at least $1,492,632 the first year and $1,492,632 the second year in television, radio and station-related internet advertising value to promote tourism in Virginia.


J. Out of the amounts in this Item, $400,000 the first year and $450,000 the second year from the general fund is provided as an incentive to establish nonstop air service between Indira Gandhi International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport in accordance with a signed agreement entered into with the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Such agreement shall include provisions requiring a minimum of three nonstop round-trip flights per week, a load factor, and that the incentive payments be repaid or reduced proportionately if such conditions are not met.


K. Out of the amounts in this Item, $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to support a tourism development initiative in the County of Henrico.


L. Out of the amounts in this item, $250,000 the first year from the general fund is provided as the state's contribution towards infrastructure costs in order to host the FEI Nation's Cup of Eventing at Great Meadow, The Plains.


M. Out of the amounts in this item, $25,000 the first year and $25,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to support the Carver Price Legacy Museum.


N. With such funds as are available, the Virginia Tourism Authority shall collaborate with "Opening Doors for Virginians with Disabilities" to maintain and update the Opening Doors for Virginians with Disabilities travel guide and establish a more user-friendly link to this information on the Virginia Tourism Corporation website home page.