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."