The Bella Vista Arkansas Advertising & Promotion Commission was formed through an ordinance approved by the City of Bella Vista City Council. The ordinance levies a tax of two percent (2%) on the gross receipts for leasing hotel, motel, house, cabin, bed & breakfast, campgrounds, condominiums or other similar accommodations for sleeping, meeting, or party room facilities for a period of less than 30 days. The ordinance also levies a tax of one percent (1%) on the receipts of restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, delicatessens, drive-in and carryout restaurants, concession stands, convenience stores, food trucks, or other similar establishments described in the ordinance.
The Mission of the Advertising & Promotion Commission is to “work to increase the city’s visibility as a destination to stay and play by promoting its recreation and business opportunities while maintaining a revenue source via tourism to help sustain and grow the city into the future.” (Approved 12-17) The commission consists of seven members, serving a four-year term. The commission typically meets quarterly on the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. and meetings are open to the public.
While the A & P Commission prepares and implements a robust marketing plan for the city, it is important and vital to its mission to provide some funding and/or partnerships for community events that qualify within the mission guidelines of the strategic plan and that conform to local and state laws, therefore, the Commission will consider funding or supporting with qualified organizations whose event and/or project meets the guidelines for funding and is approved by the A & P Commission at one of their meetings. View Grant Funding Guidelines for Local Events.
The Bella Vista A & P Commission meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at City Hall. Please contact us to confirm as meeting dates and times do occasionally change. We are currently meeting remotely. Please request an invitation to the Zoom meeting.