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Room tax rises

January 17, 2006

Albany -- Visitors will now pay a little bit more to stay at Albany hotels. 

City commissioners agreed to raise the hotel-motel tax by 2 percent, from five to seven percent. That's one top of the seven percent state sales tax.

The city will split the tax revenue with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which plans to use the money to market Albany and its attractions.

"We have a story to tell," said CVB Vice President Sara Underdown. "The only ways to do that is through public relations and advertising. We've been working with the state to market Albany by bringing in travel writers and doing familiarization tours. This will allow us to advertise."

For a $69.00 room, the tax increase raises the cost by $1.39 a night. The hotel-motel tax increase will generation an additional $230,000 a year for the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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