Fort Madison, Keokuk, glance for hotel-motel tax revenues to rebound after summer journey soars

FORT MADISON (WGEM) — After a hard yr for tourism, cities across Southeast Iowa are now evaluating the toll the pandemic has taken on their revenues as they hope for a greater calendar year this calendar year.

Fort Madison city supervisor David Varley explained in a normal calendar year, the city’s hotel-motel tax would deliver in approximately a quarter of a million pounds.

“It will be down 30 percent resort-motel profits,” he mentioned. “Which is about $56,000 when compared to previous yr.”

Keokuk is dealing with a related problem.

City supervisor Cole O’Donnell claimed in 2019, the city’s resort-motel tax produced $298,000 but only created $150,000 in 2020.

“I have worked in hospitality for 7 many years and I have by no means observed a summertime get that lower in this spot,” Hampton Inn general supervisor Heather Butcher explained.

Having said that, there is hope for a rebound. Varley stated the outlook for the upcoming calendar year fiscal calendar year, which commences July 1, is significantly enhanced.

“We do listen to that points are likely rather properly for the resorts and we hope they have a fantastic 12 months and that they’ll increase about the present year and recover nicely from the pandemic,” he mentioned.

Butcher stated with equally business and leisure journey picking up they’re looking at more and more persons coming through their doors.

“We have Nauvoo journey, we have weddings, we have men and women come in for family members reunions, it is always crazy in July and I’m hoping we see that craziness again this year since it has been a peaceful final yr,” she said.

Community firms claimed they’re also on the lookout forward to future situations like the Lee County Honest and Tri-State Rodeo.

“All the fairs and the festivals have opened back again up yet again so we are hoping to start seeing an raise towards the conclusion of the month,” 10th Street Station co-operator David Taylor stated.

It will be a fast paced summer time in Lee County for gatherings. The 1st of 31 cruise ships will dock in Fort Madison on July 31 even though Rollin’ on the River will kick off in Keokuk on August 20th followed by the the Tri-Point out Rodeo September 8th via the 11th.