Lodging Tax Collections Down This Winter
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 21, 2017
A construction project in Mammoth Hot Springs has significantly impacted tourism dollars this winter.
By this time last year, lodging tax collections for Park County had already totaled $46,600. However, 2017 collections so far have only reached just under $23,000 – that’s less than half of last year’s numbers, and lower than it’s been for the last few years.
Park County Travel Council Director Claudia Wade says the winter weather has impacted tourism in the area – locals have been occupied with snow removal efforts, and road conditions have been less than ideal for travelers since December.
But Wade says the majority of the impact comes from a construction project at the hotel at Mammoth Hot Springs, which has shut down the property. In the past, lodging tax collections at that hotel alone has brought in over $20,000 per month in the winter.
Wade says the Park Service closed the hotel for infrastructure changes, but even after that project is complete, park concessionaire Xanterra will be completing a remodel, which is why the closure will last through the summer.