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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell visitor season improved over 2015, lower than 2013


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Measuring transient occupancy taxes collected in Wrangell from the spring of 2013 to this past summer, the local visitor industry appears to have dipped significantly during 2015, but has since rebounded slightly. Local lodgings point to ferry schedule reductions and economic conditions as possible contributors to the drop.

The summer visitor season appears to have improved slightly over the last year for Wrangell, according to data available through the city, state and private businesses.

One indication of this has been collections of the city's transient occupancy tax, commonly called the "bed tax," a six-percent levy on room rates for local hotels, lodges and other accommodations. The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce has 17 of these listed, whose primary seasons and target markets vary. While sales tax data could be a useful way to gauge how the local economy as a whole has been doing, those are not broken down...

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