CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati tourism officials say higher revenue from a local hotel tax shows tourism to the area is rebounding from the recession.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( http://bit.ly/oAn9xt ) the Hamilton County hotel tax generated $5.5 million during the first six month of this year, compared to $5 million in the first half of 2010 and $4.8 million during the same period in 2009.
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau chief Dan Lincoln says wins by the Cincinnati Reds early in the season helped bring more people to town this year. The city also has hosted several major conventions, including a gathering of the League of United Latin-American Citizens.
The money from the 6.5 percent hotel tax is used to promote the city, to bring in more visitors and conventions. It also goes toward the debt on the downtown convention center, the Duke Energy Center.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com