Tourism leaders say 2 cent hotel tax could generate $2.6M for BR annually

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tourism leaders in Baton Rouge want voters to head to the polls on December 10 and vote "yes" on a hotel occupancy tax measure.

The proposal would authorize a two percent tax increase that would be added to hotel guests' nightly room rates in the Capitol City.

"This is strictly for hotels outside of the North Baton Rouge economic district so it's south of Florida Boulevard," said Paul Arrigo, President and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge. "The hotels are in favor of it. They recognize the need that we have to pursue major sporting events, major concerts etc. to bring visitors here. Visitors spend $875 million in Baton Rouge."

Proceeds from the tax would go to renovating the Raising Cane's River Center, which has had very few upgrades since 1977. The money would also benefit Visit Baton Rouge.

In all, Arrigo says it would generate $2.6 million each year.

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