City Supports Boosting Hotel Tax
Prince George, B.C.- Visitors to Prince George may have to spend a little extra for a hotel room next year.
The City is backing boosting the current hotel room tax from 2% to 3%.
Erica Hummel of Prince George Tourism says of that 1% boost, .2% would be put towards provincial sport tourism which is used to attract larger events to British Columbia. But Councillor Brian Skakun says he’s “really challenged” because that .2% won’t be staying in Prince George “But you have my tentative support going forward.”
Overall, the 1% hike would add about $400 thousand dollars a year to the P.G. Tourism budget.
How would that translate to a traveller? Hummel says it would add about a dollar a day to the cost of their accommodation.
But it will take a few hoops to jump through before it is approved. The application for the increase has to be supported by 51% of the accommodation property owners, representing 51% of available rooms in the City.
Tourism Prince George wants to spend more money on targeting bids for major sporting events and on conferences and conventions.
Councillors unanimously approved moving forward with the application.
If approved, the new tax would take effect July1st of 2017.