The group charged with developing ways to promote off-season tourism in Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills area has come up with a nifty idea: a coupon book filled with offers good from Labor Day until Thanksgiving 2012. Organizers are hoping that Birch Bay businesses will want to be included in the promotional vehicle.
Best of all, being included in the book is free, and there’s no need to be a member of either the Mt. Baker foothills or Birch Bay chambers of commerce. The promotion is being organized by the Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Birch Bay.
Organizers are asking for information and photos from Birch Bay businesses to be sent in by May 15. To submit business information online, visit www.BakerBirchBay.com
and click on “Get Involved.”
In December, Whatcom County Council approved $153,000 for the foothills chamber to spend on off-season promotions for the foothills and Birch Bay areas in 2012. The money comes from a special 2 percent lodging tax collected from motels, hotels and other short-term accommodations throughout the county. Incorporated cities collect it within their city limits, while counties collect it from their unincorporated areas, such as Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills area.
For information about the promotion, contact Rebecca Boonstra, Mt. Baker Foothills Visitors Center coordinator, at 360/599-1518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.