Officials: Idaho sees spike in tourism

Posted at 11:46 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 12:44:13-04

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho is on track to collect a record-high in lodging taxes this year as the state sees a spike in tourism.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that officials say the state is on track to surpass the $10 million mark in revenue from the two percent lodging tax for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Department of Commerce Director Megan Ronk says the state is experiencing a 13 percent growth in the tax compared to last year.

Ronk says lodging tax collections could grow in the future as the state is expected to gain about 1,200 new hotel and motel rooms by the end of 2017.

The growth means good things for Idaho tourism, which is the state's third-largest industry, behind agriculture and technology.