Bryan sees major growth in hotel occupancy tax

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 3:53pm

It's the calm before the storm as Raelyn Skelton, assistant general manager of the Bryan Best Western Premier, prepares for a busy upcoming football weekend.

And while most of the rooms have been sold out for the past year, Skelton says the hotel stays booked all year-round.

"This whole summer has just been crazy busy with the oil fields and water fracking," said Skelton. "We have extended stays from seven days, to ten days to thirty days "

And it's a trend the city of Bryan is seeing community wide.

Just this week new numbers released show the city has collected a total of $501,413 in hotel occupancy tax... that's a 41 percent increase compared to this time last year.

Bryan's Chief Financial Officer, Joe Hegwood said, "I would say this is historically high for what we've seen."

Kindra Fry with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau says a lot of the growth is because of the Aggies move to the SEC but that's not the only reason why Bryan is seeing an increase.

"We also have other attractions coming in so that's wonderful because we're able to package more and show people that when they come to town there's more to do than just watch a football game," Fry said.

And with three new hotels currently in the works in both Bryan and College Station the future seems promising.

"You know, we're just going to have a continued increase especially with these new hotels coming on board and all that good stuff," said Fry.

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