Chris Gallant takes a phone reservation at the front desk of the Quality Inn Garden of the Gulf in Summerside. This week, city council approved the first reading of a resolution to raise the tourism accommodation levy from two per cent to three per cent. Stephen Brun/Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE – City council here has taken the first step toward increasing the tourism accommodation levy by one per cent.
The resolution to raise the tourism accommodation levy from two per cent to three per cent came forward at the request of Tourism Summerside. The extra one per cent would be forwarded to Meetings and Conventions P.E.I. to market Summerside as a meeting and convention destination.
The resolution was given first reading and sent to the finance committee for review and recommendation.
When the levy was first imposed in 2008, there was concern raised by accommodations operators.
Duke Cormier, president of Tourism Summerside, said this is not the case with the new increase being proposed.
“It’s another prong in trying to develop visitor nights in the Summerside market,” he said.
Cormier said hoteliers were contacted about the plans to seek the increase and favoured the move.