hotels http://wwno.org en BR Hotels Rake In $2.54 Million Over Super Bowl Weekend http://wwno.org/post/br-hotels-rake-254-million-over-super-bowl-weekend Super Bowl XLVIIgenerated a major boost for Baton Rouge tourism. That’s according to Smith Travel Research, which tracks hotel occupancy nationwide, and capital city tourism officials are pleased with the numbers.<p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:38:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 29759 at http://wwno.org B&Bs Get Break on Room Tax Penalties http://wwno.org/post/bbs-get-break-room-tax-penalties <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The New Orleans City Council is giving a break to bed-and-breakfast owners who are late paying the room tax rate of 50 cents per day for each occupied room.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Times-Picayune&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/YKoNJB" target="_blank">reports</a> that the penalty has often been much more than the amount due.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:03:02 +0000 The Associated Press 25757 at http://wwno.org Haynesville shale slowdown hits hotels http://wwno.org/post/haynesville-shale-slowdown-hits-hotels <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The hundreds of hotel rooms planned or under construction in Shreveport-Bossier City might be missing their intended clients.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The Times reports hotel operators had counted on guests in town for business in the Haynesville shale oil field.</p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:01:25 +0000 The Associated Press 17693 at http://wwno.org New Orleans Hotel Rates Increase http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-hotel-rates-increase <p>New Orleans hotel operators say occupancy is the highest in more than a decade. They credit refurbished hotels, a jam-packed calendar and continued recovery from the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.</p><p>Room rates are up, too. The Times-Picayune reports that Smith Travel Research quotes the city&#39;s average daily hotel rate at $154 &mdash; the highest since February 2002, when it averaged $159.40 a night.</p><p>Rates through April of this year averaged $148.61. That&#39;s 12.6 percent better than same four months last year.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:12:22 +0000 The Associated Press 12783 at http://wwno.org