The hotel occupancy tax, which has been the primary source of funding for most convention and visitors bureaus for a half century, is a flawed and obsolete concept that should be replaced. The problem with the bed tax is that it focuses all of a bureau's attention on filling hotel rooms, ignoring the value of other visitors. It's also a regressive tax. When hotel occupancy levels plummet, as is now generally the case, CVBs find their source of operating funding (room taxes) severely ...

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