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12:23 am on Friday January 25, 2013

Beaufort mayor looks to refocus tourism tax dollars to draw more visitors

Flickr user 401(K) 2013 All year round hotels and other Beaufort County visitor accommodations charge an extra 3% in accommodations taxes, money that is in turn given to area non-profits to promote Beaufort as a tourism destination. Those dollars...
4:35 am on Thursday February 16, 2012

$1.7 million in a-tax requests; $750,000 budgeted (update: City approval)

Flickr user Steve Lyon There should be a "Battle Royale" wrestling match for the a-tax funds. Or maybe Thunderdome? We'll need money to promote the event though. Update February 16, 2012: More than two months after the Accomodations Tax Advisory...
6:31 am on Thursday December 8, 2011

Accommodations Tax Advisory Board gives the Country Thunder music festival a thumbs down

Country Thunder on Facebook Country Thunder, and large country music festival, asked for $200,000, almost a third of the $750,000 available, from the City of Myrtle Beach's Accommodations Tax fund.  It was not recommended by the Advisory Board to...
5:56 am on Wednesday September 14, 2011

Beaufort City Council doles out $155,000 in accommodations tax grants

Flickr user totalAldo Those extra pennies charged to locals and tourists that stay overnight in Beaufort add up — and on Tuesday Beaufort City Council assigned $155,000 worth of pennies.  (And, yes, this is separate decision from the county process...
7:17 am on Friday July 22, 2011

Tourism fees and tax collections hit all time high in 2011

Mandy Jansen Tax collections are up, but occupancy numbers are down. What gives? We covered how this could be the case earlier this week. The truth is- nobody knows exactly how many people visit the beach. We can only rely on the data that the...
8:34 am on Sunday May 8, 2011

Horry County and Myrtle Beach sue travel websites over taxes

Photo by Rich Brooks Ever wonder how those online travel sites can get such lower rates than you? Well it turns out that they buy up reservations in bulk at negotiated wholesale prices. The problem is they only pay accomodations tax on the lower...
9:41 am on Friday April 22, 2011

Myrtle Beach Film Festival grows despite lack of municipal support

Photo by Pete Zarria Myrtle Beach Film Festival organizer Jerry Dalton approached the City of Myrtle Beach last year about receiving Accomodations Tax support for this year's event. The A-Tax advisory committee recommended $5,000 out of the $6.2...
4:18 am on Sunday November 14, 2010

Island Packet takes on the tourism-funding debate (update: part 2)

Flickr user daviddmuir Updates below. The Island Packet is running a two-part series over the weekend focussed on the ongoing debate over how much money should be distributed to agencies that market tourism and how much money they should get. The...
8:32 am on Sunday October 10, 2010

Coastal groups speak out against plan to shift tourist tax dollars to advertising

Flickr user mediaboytodd Lowcountry municipalities and festivals are decrying a change that would shift some $40 million per year collected from the South Carolina tourists towards marketing groups. The general gist from those against the ideas is...
8:15 am on Sunday October 10, 2010

Tax change would take millions from South Carolina festivals, arts (updated)

Image by Flickr user mediaboytodd Updates at the bottom, first reporting September 14. A committee of the South Carolina Tax Realignment Commission is considering a proposal that would take tax funding away from local governments, festivals and arts...

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