November 09, 2005

The city council of Carlsbad, Calif., voted on a proposal yesterday to impose a $1-per-night occupancy fee on the city's hotel rooms. Unlike the 10 percent that the city already collects in transitory occupancy tax, the additional fee would be funneled exclusively into Carlsbad tourism projects. Based on an occupancy rate of 66 percent, the fee would raise an estimated $875,000 for Carlsbad tourism in its first year. At press time, before the city council held its meeting, a spokesperson for the Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau told M&C, "All indications are that the proposal will pass. Council has been very supportive of the idea."