Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wisconsin Policy Forum publishes report on Wisconsin room tax

Hotel room tax collection has more than doubled in Wisconsin -- providing cash to attract more travelers.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/21/2019)
Taxes paid by people staying at hotels throughout Wisconsin are rising — and that means more money to help draw vacationers, convention-goers and other travelers. 
Statewide room tax collections have more than doubled since 1999, growing faster than inflation, or state and local taxes collectively in Wisconsin, according to a new report sponsored by tourism industry groups. 
The report, “Checking In: A Look at Wisconsin Room Tax Trends,” cites state Department of Revenue data showing the tax on hotel room charges and other short-term lodging generated $111.9 million in 2017.

Great Recession dip

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of 'motel' occurred in 1925.

Other coinages from the same year include:
  1. assembly-line
  2. bumper-to-bumper
  3. concrete jungle
  4. curb service
  5. gas station
  6. overnight bag
  7. radio car
  8. speed trap
  9. stop-and-go
  10. travel agent

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