Lodging tax collections up

Lodging tax collections in the city of Bend increased 18.2 percent in May over May 2013, according to Visit Bend, the city’s tourism promotion agency.

Overnight visitors to Bend generated $423,454 in room taxes in May.

For the first 11 months of the 2013-14 fiscal year, lodging in Bend generated more than $4 million total in room taxes, an 18.3 percent increase over the same period a year ago and a record for the city, according to Visit Bend data.

“Bend’s tourism industry is enjoying a prolonged period of significant growth,” Doug La Placa, CEO and president of Visit Bend, wrote in an email. “Exceeding the $4 million threshold in lodging tax collections is an important milestone.”

— Bulletin staff reports