City Council to Consider "Hotel Tax"

Guests coming in from out of town may soon have to pay more for their hotel room.

City staff are recommending council approve a proposed municipal accommodation tax of 4 per-cent.

It would be applied to all hotel, motel and bed and breakfast stays of less than 30 days.

Councillors will vote on the new tax at its Tuesday night meeting, and also decide if staff should discuss the proposal with affected groups.  

The new tax would replace a voluntary 3 per-cent tax created in 2004 by the Kingston Accommodation Partners.

The tax is expected to generate over $3-million per year, which would be used for tourism and marketing.

Ottawa and Mississauga have already implemented an accommodation tax and Toronto is still considering it.