History of Visit Cook County
1936 - Gunflint Trail Association Established
In 1992, the Gunflint Trail Association regrouped and a lodging tax district was established with a collection rate of 2%. The members hosted a 75 year anniversary celebration in October 2011. Lodging tax increase to 3% was implemented on December 1, 1997.
1983 - Lutsen Tofte Tourism Association Established
Lutsen Tofte Tourism Incorporated in 1983. Collection of Lodging Tax at 2% started in 1987. LTS Recreation Mgmt. Corporation incorporated 12/16/1991 - Lutsen Tofte Schroeder Recreation Management Corporation incorporated. Lodging tax resolution at 3% recorded March 22, 1993.
1998 - Convention & Visitor Bureau of Grand Marais Established
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was formed by the Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce as an arm of the Chamber. Chamber board members chose which board they wanted to serve on and one director was employed to manage both operations.
2000 - Grand Marais Area Tourism Association Established
GMATA was incorporated. 2001-2009 GMATA exists separate from the Chamber of Commerce and the lodging tax from the Grand Marais lodging tax district supports tourism outreach and marketing. Four directors were hired over the course of eight years. From a 2005 GMATA strategic planning session it is recorded that “There will be a greater number and variety of things for people to see and do in Grand Marais including creating a four season destination, utilization of the harbor, bike racks throughout town, small downtown indoor venue for the performing arts, etc.” Lodging tax resolution at 3% recorded October 1, 2000. Prior to the establishment of GMATA, the City of Grand Marais began collecting lodging tax in 1988 at 2%, with an increase to 3% in 1991.
2008 - Cook County Events & Visitors Bureau Established
2010 - Visit Cook County
Cook County Visitors Bureau (Visit Cook County) approved in March 2010 with first joint collection of lodging tax beginning on May 1, 2010