The San Luis Obispo County supervisors passed a Tourism Market District Tax, which is joining San Luis Obispo in placing multiple burdens on property owners.
The lobbying from frustrated owners of overdeveloped hotel/motels allowed this to happen.
The Tribune reports an additional 1 percent fee is charged.
What happened with business improvement districts, various chambers of commerce, and visitors and conference bureaus attracting tourism dollars?
A claim this is another tool is a clever admission of duplicative bureaucracy.
It suggests these funded organizations collectively are not efficient. There is a need to examine consolidation, which is receiving attention at local levels.
External influences such as poor work opportunities, high taxes, inflation, the California drought and high fuel prices discourage tourism. Public transportation entering the county seldom mentions points of interest.
A negative local influence is no free convenient parking in San Luis Obispo. Some main continuing attractions are the Central Coast, sea life, climate, recreation, parks, conservancies, wine country, Hearst Castle — and not another “succulent” tourism district.