Kamloops accommodation tax to jump from 2% to 3%

By James Peters
September 15, 2016 - 10:48am Updated: September 15, 2016 - 7:19pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops hotel owners have voted in favour of bumping the city's accommodation tax up a percentage point, from 2% to 3%.

Tourism Kamloops says 70 per cent of accommodation owners approved the increase in a recent vote.

Revenue from the tax goes to fund Tourism Kamloops marketing initiatives.

Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis boasts of 2016 being a banner year for visitation in the city.

 “The local tourism industry has witnessed impressive increases in revenues and visitation with accommodation revenues reporting an increase of nearly 18% year to date June 2016 over the same period in 2015."

The new tax revenue is earmarked to help Tourism Kamloops promote the city in off-peak periods, outside of July and August.

The change is expected to be approved by Kamloops council later this month.

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