DULUTH - If you have your doubts about the future of Duluth, you may want to think again because the month of July went down in the history books with record tourism dollars collected.
$815,015 was budgeted for the month, but it actually came in closer to $900,000 – at $886,087.
The Tourism Tax Collection, as the city calls it, is from hotel, motel, food and beverage taxes.Daniel Fanning, the community and government relations officer for Mayor Don Ness' office, says the city is even preparing for an all-time record summer when the tax numbers are added up for the rest of the summer.
"Duluth is certainly on the rise. This is an extremely exciting time to be in Duluth -- both as a resident and as a tourist," Fanning said.
"Duluth is increasingly becoming the place to be, the place to visit, the place to do business, the place to come up and live here, and to see these sort of numbers, only backs that up," Fanning went on to say.
Tourism tax dollars for August will tally up sometime in October, and the city says August traditionally does better than July, so the possibility of topping the summer off with a record is very high, according to Fanning.