Davison Orchards is one of the local attractions that have proven popular with tourists. (Submitted photo)

Hotel room tax skyrockets

In June, Vernon collected $88,915 in hotel room tax, up 25.7 per cent from the same month in 2016

Tourism is booming in Vernon.

In June, the city collected $88,915 in hotel room tax, up 25.7 per cent from the same month in 2016.

“This equates to just over $4.4 million in hotel revenues and a total tourism visitors staying at hotels economic impact of $17.78 million for Vernon in June,” said Ange Chew, tourism manager.

With June’s hotem room tax revenue in, Tourism Vernon is now pacing 11 per cent ahead of 2016 for the same time period.

The spike in revenue came despite flooding which led to limited lake access, reduced beach space and no power boats on area lakes.

For the Labour Day long weekend, motels and hotels are about 80 per cent booked.