by Kaylee Hultgren | December 09, 2009

The Destination & Travel Foundation, a research organization for the U.S. Travel Association and Destination Marketing Association International, has published a case study on the local and statewide economic impact of hotel tax contributions in Phoenix. The study, "How the Visitor Industry Contributes to the Local Economy: An Analysis of Phoenix Hotels' Property and Visitor-Related Taxes," reports that the average guest room generated more than $6,300 in taxes during 2008, with a combined contribution of $166 million annually from the city's hotels. The figures were solicited from the properties by the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau in an effort to show the positive economic impact of visitors to the city. The study is available for free at, under "Foundation Resources."