Lodging tax to benefit tourism bureau


Frederick County’s decision to raise its lodging tax in the fiscal year 2020 is expected to have a positive outcome for the visitor’s bureau and area businesses.

The county’s board of supervisors voted to raise the lodging tax from 2.5% to 3.5%.

Two percent will go to the county and the remaining 1.5% will go to the tourism department. The Winchester-Frederick County convention and visitors bureau will receive an estimated $420,000 to $470,000 in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Officials say the funds will allow them to increase their marketing tremendously. 

“There’s a whole suite of creative non traditional marketing outlets that we have had on our radar that we want to be able to do and I don’t want to give up what all of those are but some really cool creative things that we will be able to do with the Maryland Virginia DC market,” Justin Kerns of the Winchester-Frederick County convention and visitors bureau says. 

Officials say the tax will only affect people who come into the community to stay at a hotel and return home, not affect local residents.

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