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Orange County Cities See Hotel Taxes Rebound as Visitors Increase

Orange County Cities See Hotel Taxes Rebound as Visitors Increase

Bar at Hotel Pasea in Huntington Beach, California. (Channaly Philipp/Epoch Times)

Some Orange County cities are reporting higher than expected tax revenue from hotels this year, following an increase in visitors as pandemic restrictions ease.

During a March 8 Costa Mesa City Council meeting, Finance Director Carol Molina said that the city is on track to receive $1.1 million more in hotel tax revenue than last June’s projection for the 2021–2022 fiscal year.

The city previously expected to receive $5.6 million in transient occupancy tax—or hotel tax—which is now projected to be $6.7 million.

While the number of visitors and tax revenue increased, the city won’t see a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic yet, Molina said.

“[While] higher than we had anticipated … this revenue stream is just not yet back to pre-pandemic levels,” she said. “The city’s prior pandemic amounts hovered around 8 to 8.5 million dollars a year, so we’re not quite there yet.”

Other Orange County cities are seeing growth in hotel tax revenues as well.

Newport Beach had originally adopted a budget expecting $19 million in transient occupancy tax revenues, which is now projected to be $25.6 million, a 34 percent increase.

Huntington Beach expected $10.7 million in hotel tax revenues for the 2021–2022 fiscal year, a stark increase from the $6.8 million in the previous year. The city has not released an adjusted projection as the current fiscal year is coming to an end in a few months.

Laguna Beach, similar to Huntington, has not released its adjusted projected hotel tax revenue for the 2021–2022 fiscal year. However, the original projection—$7.3 million—was a $3 million increase from the previous year’s $4.6 million.


Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.

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