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Hospitality industry urges Gov. Wolf to sign hotel tax reform bill into law
Harrisburg, Pa. (April 12, 2016)—The hospitality industry urges Gov. Wolf to sign into law the hotel tax reform bill (House Bill 794) recently passed by the legislature.
House Bill 794 is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between the hotel industry, tourism promotion agencies, county commissioners and legislators. It returns the focus of county hotel tax funding to the tax’s original intent—tourism promotion—by tightening the definitions relating to the use of the tax. It also enables an increase in the local hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent for 57 counties across the Commonwealth thus stopping piecemeal hotel tax increases and making possible the expansion of tourism marketing efforts.
The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association of Travel & Tourism worked in partnership to ensure the same opportunities for increasing the hotel occupancy tax is available to all 57 counties covered by the bill.
The bill awaits Gov. Wolf’s signature.
About Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association
For nearly 80 years, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association has promoted, protected, educated and strived to improve the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania. PRLA conveys the unified voice of the hospitality industry to the Commonwealth’s citizenry and elected officials. Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry plays an integral role in the state’s economy, employing more than 960,000 people and generating revenues of more than $42 billion annually.