Summerside’s accommodations levy may be headed for an increase

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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. TC Media by Stephen Brun.

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.

 

(TC Media)

 

Organizations: TC Media

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • alfredd
    September 20, 2012 - 20:19

    Are they nuts?, --- Planned recently to spend a couple of vacation nights in N.B.--- stayed one night, as $ 139.- pr night grew with taxes and "destination market fees" to $160.- for one night, --- I headed home after one night--- and will make it my business not to ever plan lodging in N.B. again. Screwing that is what it was.

  • OH DEAR
    September 20, 2012 - 11:58

    Heard this on a radio stn in a car full of Nova Scotians and almost immediately a chorus of GREED , GREED rang out.

  • Gerard
    September 20, 2012 - 09:11

    Great news.............. All we need here on this small Island is MORE TAXES to be wasted by this corrupt Liberal Govt...... Everyone will be sooooooooooo happy.

  • Get with the times
    September 20, 2012 - 08:26

    Conventions??? They have been on the decline ...bigtime...due to the poor economies and restraints that have been enacted by most governments both nationally and worldwide. But, PEI would be unaware of such worldwide economic problems as they continue to engage in deficit spending and sinking the Island so far into debt we will never recover ! Not to mention their incompetent take on any basic economic principle! For businesses, conference calling have replaced many conventions. Of course, gov't conventions will still continue as government loves to waste taxpayers monies. But how many gov't conventions can one have there?

  • Bubble will burst
    September 20, 2012 - 03:24

    Good business practice in times like these is NOT to increase taxes, costs etc. PEI is slowly destroying what is left of it's tourism industry. Not to mention, all of these boards on PEI are pretty useless and have no real importance or direction. In a few months, HST will destroy what is left of tourism for the 2013 season anyways. PEI will realize, too late, you can only tax and raise the price of everything so much until people will refuse or be unable to pay the asking price. 2013 is going to be a rude awakening for many people. Any bubble that was left will go burst here.

  • WHO MAKES THESE DECISIONS
    September 19, 2012 - 20:53

    Who is in charge here Laurel and Hardy? Great idea to get more tourist. CHARGE THEM MORE TAXES, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM LINED UP AT THE BRIDGE TO PAY MORE TAXES. it doesn;t make sense to me but I use my brain for thinking which apparently is not done in the tourism industry.

  • Jill Gallant
    September 19, 2012 - 18:27

    Are you kidding? Market Summerside as a convention destination. Where can you hold a convention in Summerside? Where do delegates stay and eat? Come on people, this is just a filter to send the money to Meetings & Conventions PEI help attract business to Charlottetown's new state of the art convention centre. Don't kid yourself!

  • theo
    September 19, 2012 - 17:38

    Make it 10 percent. Thats a nice number. Bury it within the room cost and reduce the salary of the management staff. Surely the hospitality industry will crash as the conventions and meetings will go where their money goes farther.

  • Just brilliant
    September 19, 2012 - 15:36

    Just what are they thinking..... Charge the few and dwindling visitors an extra fee It is bad enought that the tourist has to pay GST + HST now an exra 3% Know where I will not be staying..