Tourists Give Input On Proposed Hotel Tax Increase

Some of you may be wondering if the hotel tax does go up, will it discourage people from choosing the Mississippi Gulf Coast as their vacation destination? Well, we checked in with some Coast visitors on Monday, and got mixed reaction.

Members of the Jackson family were taking time out from their busy vacation schedule on Monday to make some purchases at a Biloxi souvenir shop. They visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast about six times a year. They think coming here is one of the best travel deals around.

"We enjoy going to the Beau Rivage, that's our favorite place to go, and there a lots of things for the kids to do, and we bring them to the beach. Yes, it's a real good cost for us," said Cheryl Jackson.

Cheryl and her husband, Jon, were surprised when we told them the next time they visit, they could paying an extra 3-percent hotel room tax. "I wouldn't care for that too much. With the price of gas going up all the time, it would just add to the cost, and make us less likely to take a trip down here." said Jon Jackson.

Cheryl added, "Florida's always a big option for's not that much further to go. Pensacola's not too far away, so yes, that probably would affect our decisions on where we would travel."

Some spring breakers said a hotel tax increase would probably not fit most college students' travel plans.  "We're looking for cheaper places to stay and just trying to make our trip as inexpensive as possible," said spring breaker, Myra Hansen.

However, one couple told us they wouldn't mind shelling out a little extra money for their hotels...especially if the coliseum expansion and renovation bought in more headlining acts. "I've been to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum before. I've been to a concert there. It needs to be expanded. It's no big deal," said  Randy Gravois. In the meantime, these two love birds will be enjoying their well as what they consider a great room rate.