From Bill White --
Anchorage hotel room sales grew 9 percent last year to total $201 million, a sign of the recovering Lower 48 economy and a rebound in tourism.
The new numbers from the Municipality of Anchorage, which collects a 12 percent tax on hotel rooms, show that last year’s hotel room sales hit about the same level the city’s lodging industry achieved in 2007.
But the $201 million total was still 7 percent below the record $217 million reached in 2008.
As for the actual tax collections, the room tax brought in $19.6 million last year (not all rooms are taxed). That was up from $18.3 million in 2008, but below the $22.3 million peak of 2008.