Tourism Commission

The Bellingham Tourism Commission makes recommendations to the City for allocations to local organizations as part of the Tourism Promotion grant program. Grant applications are now available on the Tourism Promotion webpage. Application deadline is August 19, 2022 at noon.

The Tourism Commission typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. At this time, the meetings are still being held virtually (via Zoom Webinars) and require that attendees register prior to joining the meeting. Once registered, an email with pertinent meeting information will be sent to you.

Visit the Tourism Commission Meeting Materials webpage to view meeting agendas and supporting materials, which are posted approximately one week prior to the meeting date. Also viewable, are the minutes from past meetings.


Meetings are typically held the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Mayor’s Board Room at City Hall (although a few meetings are often held at an offsite location). Meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. and last approximately one to two hours. Time spent outside of meetings may be as much as two hours a week depending on involvement in the Commission.

The Commission consists of thirteen members appointed by the Mayor. Terms of office are three years, and no compensation is paid to members of this Commission. Fifty percent of the commission’s membership can be residents of Whatcom County; the other 50% must have lived in Bellingham for at least two years. The Lodging Tax Advisory Board, a sub-committee of the Tourism Commission, makes recommendations to the City for allocations to local organizations as part of the Tourism Promotion grant program.​

Current Boards & Commission Vacancy List (PDF)

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Planning & Community Development Department
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: (360) 778-8300
Email: staysi@cob.org
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