Dear Friends of Blowing Rock,
Please read a recent article in the Watauga Democrat citing a 13.4% increase in occupancy tax in the county.
Blowing Rock’s growth in 2019 was 9.56 percent, up to $1.15 million from $1.05 million in 2018. Blowing Rock had two negative months in 2019 compared to 2018, March and June, while five months saw double-digit percentage growth in 2019. The biggest growth month for Blowing Rock was September 2019, which saw 25.99 percent growth over September 2018.
See the following link to the Watauga Democrat Article – https://www.wataugademocrat.com/news/visitor-dollars-up-in-watauga-county-occupancy-tax-proceeds-increase/article_ea69ca7e-00e6-5edc-8460-f38d179020ff.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
As we know, an increase in overnight visitors who pay the hotel or STR occupancy tax have a more positive impact on the economy and quality of life in Blowing Rock than day visitors.