Regional District Supports Hotel Tax Increase
Prince George, B.C. – More support for Tourism Prince George’s application for an increase in the Municipal and Regional District Hotel Tax.
The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George decided at its most recent board meeting to provide a letter of support to see it increased from 2% to 3%.
“In our case it doesn’t directly apply, but we get some indirect benefits out of this,” says Board Chair Art Kaehn. “I mean people do drive and travel through the unincorporated part of the regional district and work with Tourism Prince George is going to benefit all of us.”
He acknowledges those benefits are sometimes hard to see.
“But we partner with local municipalities and in a number of things – economic initiatives, tourism initiatives, marketing, the local development offices.
“Tourism Prince George makes a lot of sense because what they do is going to spill over into the regional district and throughout the North so it just makes sense to support the proposal.”
Erica Hummel of Tourism Prince George told Prince George City Council last month the 1% hike would add about $400,000 a year to the Tourism Prince George budget and would add about a dollar a day to the cost of a travellers accommodation.
She also said .2% of that 1% boost would be put towards provincial sport tourism which is used to attract larger events to B.C.
City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the application.
If approved, the new tax take effect July 1, 2017 but to gain approval it has to be supported by 51% of the accommodation property owners, representing 51% of available rooms in the city.