Tupelo tourism revenues jump

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau said Tuesday it collected $271,940 in tourism sales tax in October, up 10.04 percent from October 2010.
The jump comes after the CVB posted a 12.56 percent drop in September.
For the first three months of the fiscal year, the city’s tourism tax revenues were down 1.52 percent from fiscal year 2010.
Last year, tourism revenue grew 2.82 percent.
The tax comes from a 2 percent tax on hotels, motels and restaurants in Tupelo.
In addition, the CVB received a $25,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority’s tourism division to market and promote the “Mississippi’s Last Battlegrounds” Civil War partnership.