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by Michael C. Lowe | September 21, 2010

The City Council of Anaheim, Calif., with support from local hotel operators, has approved a new 2 percent occupancy fee. While the new charge technically is not a tax, it does add to what already is Orange County's highest hotel bed tax at 15 percent. Anaheim, home to the Disneyland Resorts, estimates the Tourism Improvement District fee will produce $11 million per year to be used for transportation initiatives and sales and marketing programs. Hotel operators have been given the option of paying the fee themselves instead of passing it on to guests. A committee of hotel operators and representatives from the Anaheim/Orange County CVB will oversee the project, and an annual meeting will be held to discuss how funds are spent. The room fees will be collected starting Nov. 1.