City council approves new hotel guest fee

Hyatt Hotel (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council voted 7-0 to create a 2.75 percent tourism tax on hotel beds that will bring in more money to promote things we have in Wichita like the National Baseball Congress.

“And, we have not really dedicated money to marketing our city as a whole, outside of our community,” said James Clendenin, Wichita City Council member.

The tax will be on any hotel more than 50 beds.

Places like the Hyatt, Drury and others across Wichita.  They will bring in nearly $2.5 million to $3 million a year.

Go Wichita will administer the money, and KSN asked how it will be used and who will be in charge of it.

“I appreciate that question because we will be appointing a seven to nine member council of industry professionals,” said Clendenin.

Clendenin says the council and mayor will appoint that accountability council, and it will also include an accountant and a marketing professional to get the job done.

But where does the money go and how does Wichita compete with not only Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kansas City.

The plan is not yet in place, but they claim it’s money we have to spend.

“Our arts and our culture. You can come to Wichita and spend your money and have, economically, a very good time with your family,” said Clendenin.

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