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by Michael C. Lowe | May 19, 2011

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill that would raise the city’s 7 percent hotel-motel tax to 8 percent. The revenue from the increase would be used to fund efforts to boost convention attendance, competitively bid for large one-time events (such as the NCAA Final Four or Super Bowl) and bring more industry events to town, such as MPI, ASAE or IAEE. Representatives from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Georgia World Congress Center and city hotels would oversee allocation of the funds from the tax increase. The bill now goes to the Atlanta City Council for approval, though a timeline for voting has not been determined.