- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Visit Tampa Bay is reporting another record year for bed tax collections.

The Tampa Tribune (https://bit.ly/1LzqiUs) reports that Hillsborough County generated more than $26.8 million during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, up 13 percent over fiscal year 2014, also a record year. The bed tax has climbed 26 percent over the past two years.

The numbers could be even stronger as a result of the county hosting the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four hockey tournament and the 2017 College Football National Championship. The region remains in the running to host the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl.

Preliminary numbers show average hotel occupancy at 71.7 percent for the year, up from 68.5 percent for fiscal year 2014.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, https://www.tampatrib.com

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