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April 5, 2013

Hotel/Motel Tax returns to pre-2008 status

DUNCAN — If Hotel/Motel Tax is any indication, Duncan is moving past the recession.

During the Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry community breakfast Thursday, Loisdawn Jones, Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau director, said the Hotel/Motel Tax is back to where it was prior to 2008, which was the beginning of the recession.

“What it means is we are where we were prior to the recession,” Jones said. “That means more money for community spirit. We have more money for promoting Duncan.”

Jones said the workload for the Convention and Visitors Bureau has increased — a positive sign of the area recovering from the recession. She said the Convention Center has only a few days left in the next quarter that haven’t been booked.

She said the full slate of calendar events not only keeps the Simmons Center running at full speed, it brings people to Duncan, which helps to increase the Hotel/Motel Tax collection.

“The Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau is busy, busy, busy,” Jones said.

But it isn’t just the work of the Convention and Visitors Bureau that’s helping build Duncan’s tourism.

She said what the Convention Center does is only a small part of the overall project. She said there are numerous entities in Duncan that help promote the city through events and various other efforts.

“It’s a community-wide effort,” Jones said.

Jones said there are various entities working to bring more people to Duncan, from the Duncan Chamber to the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation to the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center to Main Street Duncan. She said this collaborative effort is responsible for Duncan rebounding economy.

She said it takes a lot of entities to draw people to Duncan, and it’s not something that happens overnight. But the efforts have started to pay off as the Hotel/Motel Tax collections have started to increase.

“Life is good,” Jones said.

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