Proceeds from a 3 percent lodging tax collected by hotels, motels, resorts and bed and breakfasts in the Alexandria area are headed toward another record breaking year.

Through the first eight months of 2018, the tax generated $413,894, according to a report in the Echo Press. If the final four months match 2017, the total for the year will be $562,759 — the largest annual amount collected in its 20-year history and 4 percent more than last year’s $538,378.

James Feist, director of Explore Alexandria Tourism, the organization that manages the proceeds, gave a report this week to the Alexandria City Council. He noted that tourism has a big impact locally, generating $105 million in gross sales in Douglas County — $290,232 a day — and provides 2,257 local jobs.

Among other objectives, the lodging tax money will be used to increase awareness of Alexandria as a travel destination and to increase overnight stays at lodging establishments, especially during non-peak times of the year.


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