Yakima hotels get more say in how their money spent
YAKIMA, Wash - Yakima hotels got some good news Tuesday night. After a public hearing, the City Council voted to give them two more seats in the Tourism Promotion Area.
The organization is made up of hotels from Union Gap Selah and Yakima. Currently Yakima and Union Gap have two votes in the group and Selah has one. Yakima hotels feel they deserve more because they are larger than both Selah and Union Gap.
"We're bringing in over 89% of the revenue and we had less than a 9% vote Selah had 100% and Union Gap had 67%", said Verlynn Best, the General Manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites.
After hearing that Yakima wanted two more votes, Union Gap and Selah put in notice that they would be leaving the organization. Collectively, the hotels in the three cities bring in over $300,000 a year that goes toward promoting tourism in the greater Yakima Valley.