Where does your hotel tax money in the US go? [INFOGRAPHIC]
As online travel agencies come under the microscope again for how they pay (or not) their local taxes when contracting hotels, some might wonder what impact those taxes actually have.
Indeed, some overseas visitors are often surprised when they check out of a US hotel to find a “local tax” has ensured their stay perhaps wasn’t as cheap as they expected when they reserved the room.
Travel destination content and search site Away.com has pulled together data and other information to show in the US where consumer hotel taxes go.
Here is an infographic to explain what happens (and some of the projects directly funded by hotel taxes):
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.