Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the City's destination marketing organization. The Beaumont CVB markets Beaumont as a place to visit. They speak to individual travelers about Beaumont being a family-friendly, affordable, and easily accessible destination and to groups looking for destinations to host meetings, tournaments, conventions, etc. View the full Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Plan and Mission (PDF).
Their job is to tell the world everything that makes Beaumont special - why you should "Come Visit Beaumont" and what you should do once you get here. They promote everywhere to eat, play, do, and stay.
How It Impacts You
Tourism enhances the quality of life for a local community by providing jobs, bringing in tax dollars that offset important City services and improvements, driving economic activity that supports local businesses and restaurants, and creating events and programs that cater to both visitors and locals.
HOT Tax Grant Process + Application 2024
By ordinance, the City of Beaumont approves a local hotel occupancy tax, hereinafter abbreviated as HOT, with portions of the fund to be dedicated to support convention and tourism centers, promotional and tourist advertising of the City, promotion of the arts, historical preservation and program support for events and activities that attract tourists to the City of Beaumont. If you’d like request funding, read about our guidelines, deadlines and opportunities. For more information, contact 409-880-3749 or email [email protected].
- HOT Grant Application 2024 (Printable PDF)
- HOT Grant Application How-to Video
- HOT Grant Application Information (PDF)
How the CVB is Funded
The Beaumont CVB is a not-for-profit organization 100% funded by Hotel Occupancy (HOT) Tax. Every time someone stays overnight at a hotel in Beaumont, a percentage of that stay goes back into marketing the City. None of the programs they offer or operate comes from your tax dollars - the very opposite, in fact. While these programs are designed to attract visitors to the City, they only benefit residents and are things everyone can take advantage of.
|Cattail Marsh Boardwalk & Wetlands Education Center
|Voted the best free outdoor attraction in Texas and the premier destination for nature lovers, free programming offered includes weekly yoga, kid’s crafts, van tours, and meetups.
|Tyrrell Park Nature Center
|A new ecotourism initiative expanding appreciation of the outdoors through free nature programming, a gift shop, disc golf rentals as well as sharing the history of the park and its historic structures.
|Rentable bikes with suggested routes to explore.
|Cajun Trail Passport
|A free foodie passport to exploring the local culinary scene.
|A global outdoor scavenger hunt.
|Regional Visitor’s Guide
|The Official Southeast Texas visitors guide.
|Annual art festival committed to creating 10-plus new murals each year.
|Discounted dining and foodie events for area restaurants.
|Artaco Festival (Viva Beaumont)
|Annual Hispanic Heritage and Art Festival.
|Birdie Passport Program
|A free kid’s program to learn about area attractions and Beaumont as a birding destination.
|A group of local advocates committed to positively promoting Beaumont.
|Discounted entry into 10-plus area museums.
- What is a CVB? What do they do?
CVB stands for Convention and Visitor's Bureau. It's a marketing organization dedicated to the promotion of Beaumont to encourage people to visit the area, positively promote the city, and offer free resources for trip planning, programs, and events, which also benefit and improve the quality of life in the local community. There's everything from free wedding and family reunion planning services to free weekly yoga classes and kid's crafts at Cattail Marsh.
- Why are my tax dollars being used to fund these programs?
They're not but you benefit from them. The CVB is a non-profit entity. All programs are funded by Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), which is a percentage assessed on overnight hotel stays in the area, which is why we always want to encourage more overnight visitors. HOT Taxes actually help offset your local taxes.
- Wait, this helps lower my taxes? How can I help?
Share what you love about the area and promote the positive things to do in Beaumont. Help correct misinformation you see. Or at the very least, don't jump in on the negative conversations. Become a Localist and help us spread the good word. Localist are the "community voice" of Beaumont, passionate locals that rally around the growth and vision of Beaumont.
- How can I get a t-shirt/Beaumont swag?
You can earn t-shirts, socks, mugs, and other promotional items for free through the Localist Program simply by sharing your love of the area online. A variety of branded items are also available for purchase at the Tyrrell Park Nature Center gift shop, which as a non-profit, all goes back to supporting Cattail Marsh and the Nature Center. You can also purchase a variety of items on ShopBMT, which is run by Beaumont Events.
- What is the CVB's mission?
We’re glad you asked! Check out our full Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Plan and Mission (PDF).
- Can you promote/share my event?
We do as much as we can to promote events in Beaumont and the greater Southeast Texas region. Check out our submission policy and if your event meets the criteria, you can submit it for possible inclusion.
- Is the Convention & Visitor's Bureau the same as the victor's center on I-10?
No, Ben J. Rogers on I-10 is the regional visitor's center funded through Jefferson County tax. The Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 505 Willow Street is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. They provide free brochures, maps, and promotional materials for all the area attractions. You can also rent a Beaucycle here, grab a cup of coffee, and ask our amazing staff about their favorite places in Southeast Texas.
- What does the Convention Sales team do?
The Meet Beaumont team is here to assist with any meeting or event you want to hold in Beaumont. From site selections and program planning to tours and accommodation bids, they offer free services that include hospitality packets, dignitary liaisons, public relations, information tables, registration assistance, welcome banners and signage, and promotional items.
Please note: Stipulations apply and all information is required four weeks prior to the event. Get in touch to learn more.