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.
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According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of 'motel' occurred in 1925.
Other coinages from the same year include:
- concrete jungle
- curb service
- gas station
- overnight bag
- radio car
- speed trap
- travel agent