hotels http://kmuw.org en City Council Approves New Hotel Tax To Promote Tourism http://kmuw.org/post/city-council-approves-new-hotel-tax-promote-tourism <p>Wichita's City Council voted 7-0 yesterday to approve a new hotel tax to finance efforts to promote tourism and attract large events.</p><p>The 2.75 percent tax will apply for guests at hotels with more than 50 rooms.</p><p>The levy is expected to generate about 2 1/2- to- 3 million dollars a year.</p><p>The Council also approved the establishment of a tourism business improvement district yesterday.</p><p>Wichita officials say current promotional funding was growing slowly, and the city is facing strong competition from other cities to attract conventions and tourists.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:30:24 +0000 Associated Press 31701 at http://kmuw.org Garden City Hotels Seek Smoking Ban Change http://kmuw.org/post/garden-city-hotels-seek-smoking-ban-change <p></p><p>Some hotel operators in Garden City say they're losing business because of the local ban on smoking in most public places. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 22:41:08 +0000 Associated Press 18406 at http://kmuw.org