Hub City hotel tax revenue sees boost
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JACKSON, Tenn. — New numbers from the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau show the Hub City’s hotel and motel taxes are showing huge increases. City officials say 2013 saw a $10 million increase in tourism expenditures, an almost 5 percent jump from the year before. The year of 2014 also saw a 3.15 percent increase. Tourism officials said the city’s location and number of national chains contributes to the added revenue. “I think the growth of our tourism product and things to do in the region has also increased,” said Lori Nunnery, executive director of Jackson’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “I think it’s all of those things together that’s creating the growth we’re seeing.” Nunnery said they’re already seeing increases in the hotel tax in 2015, with an 8 percent increase in February from last year.