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'Best year ever' expected for tourism in Duluth

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To gauge the success of tourism, the city of Duluth looks at its tourism tax collection. Those recvenues indicate that this year is shaping into one for the record books.

City treasurer Brian Hansen told the Duluth News Tribune,“We’re looking to have our best year ever.”

The treasurer's office tracked taxes generated through the city's 1-percent, 2-percent and 3-percent hotel and motel taxes and a 1.75-percent food and beverage tax. As of August, $5.1 million in tourism taxes rolled in this year, up 5.6 percent over the same time in 2012.

The data showed the month of August was particularly profitable. Warm weather, a stronger economy and a calendar quirk that created five Friday-Saturday weekends boosted hotel and motel tax collections by 10.5 percent over the same month of the previous year.

The Northland News Center previously reported that tourism across the state experienced a fourth consecutive year of moderate growth, returning to pre-recession levels.

In August, MPR reported that a survey by the state's tourism agency, Explore Minnesota, showed that lodging revenue increased eight percent in a year-to-year comparison.

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