S.B. Tourism in Upswing

Santa Barbara’s tourist economy shows definite signs of improvement as the amount City Hall collected in hotel bed taxes increased by 11.5 percent—$1.2 million—over last June, and just edged collections for June 2008, the year the recession really hit. Year to date, the transient-occupant tax, as it’s known, has increased by 8.7 percent, roughly $170,000 more than city bean counters projected.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Bellosguardo Fundraiser Pulls in Reported $500K

The nonprofit foundation, set up to fulfill Huguette Clark's legacy, also faces a legal challenge.

Arts and Honors Scholarship Deadlines Approach

High school seniors can now apply to S.B. Scholarship Foundation for financial awards.

UCSB Suspension for Sexual Assault Overturned

The accused student was “denied a fair hearing.”

Cannabis Watch Santa Barbara

City retail dispute spurs a lawsuit as the county cracks down on illegal grows.

North Hall Takeover: 50 Years Later

Actor Danny Glover keynotes UCSB conference.