Monday • December 2, 2019
As of January 1, 2020 the current 2% hotel tax in Fernie increases to 3%
Tourism Fernie developed a new 5 Year Business Strategy and worked with local accommodators and tourism operators to apply to the provincial government for the tax increase.
This decision to apply for the increase was a result of a motion made by Tourism Fernie’s Board of Directors and objectives within the 2019 Strategic Plan and the draft Tourism Master Plan, currently in its final stages of development. This plan has been informed through a combination of a review of the previous five-year business plan which was developed in 2016, identification of industry trends and opportunities, and industry stakeholder consultation and engagement sessions.
This plan and application, once supported by industry and Destination BC, was submitted to the Ministry of Finance on July 17, 2019. The Ministry of Finance formally approved the application on November 25, 2019. The local 2% MRDT Hotel Tax officially changed to 3% on January 1, 2020.
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