Thames tells about shift in hotel tax revenue use

   Revenue from Bay City hotel occupancy taxes will be concentrated on events here that entertain local hotel guests, Mitch Thames told city council at its regular meeting last week.
   “With hotels really full, we’re looking at what we can do to entertain them - enhance events in the city,” said the Bay City Chamber of Commerce president, who also oversees Matagorda County CVB operations.
   Both the chamber and CVB are based in the Bay City Civic Center.
   Typically, hotel tax revenues are spent on attracting out-of-town visitors to local events or attractions, otherwise known as putting “heads on beds.”
   Thames suggested the new strategy of spending hotel tax revenues on local events.

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