Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau
By Paul Huggins, Staff Writer, The Decatur Daily
The Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors conducted the following business during its monthly meeting Thursday.
•Reported the city collected in $49,077 in lodging taxes in January, a 10 percent increase compared to the same month in 2009. It was the first monthly increase of fiscal 2010. Officials attributed the increase to contractors brought in by Nucor Steel and the Tennessee Valley Authority to work on plant outages.
•Reported the room occupancy rate citywide for January was 33 percent, up 1 percent from the same month last year.
•Reported the $2-per-night room occupancy fee generated $27,063 in January, which was $190 more than the same month last year. For the fiscal year, the fee has generated $190,951.
•Reported the bureau had $40,189 in revenue in March compared to $44,754 in expenses, for a net loss of $4,565. Total revenue for fiscal 2010 was $273,293 compared to $322,829 in expenses for a net loss of $49,536.
•Reported special events in March filled 541 room nights for an economic impact of $323,895.
•Passed a resolution to send a letter of recommendation to the Decatur City Council in favor of it adopting Garth-Dancy Cemetery for its historic value.