Reader letters, March 4
Extra tax will fund a tourism plan
To the editor:
There appears to be controversy concerning the proposed 2 percent occupancy tax increase. This is a good thing as it generates a reflection on concerns of the stakeholders.
Several issues have been discussed and a lot of people have been confused as to what this is all about.
We here in Haywood County must rely on tourism for our livelihood. Almost all of out industrial jobs are gone.
The big players in tourism here in Western North Carolina are our neighbor to the east, Buncombe County, and our neighbor to the west, Cherokee. Buncombe County enjoys having tourist spend about $729 million per year in their county. Swain County has tourist spending about $256 million. We struggle to find tourists to spend $116 million with us.