Excelsior looks to cash in on tourism

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 11, 2012 - 12:06 AM

Thousands of people flock to Excelsior for its scenic lakefront, quaint shops or restaurants. Now the city wants to explore how it can profit.

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cks1950Jul. 11, 12 2:10 PM

Here's a question. Let's say Excelsior came up with some scheme to tax the non excelsior residents when they visited that area. Vote yes if you think it would result in less tourism & vote no if you don't think it would make any difference.

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olesurJul. 11, 12 2:11 PM

Here's my advice to the fine people of Excelsior -- don't do it! I work in the hotel industry and St. Louis Park shoved a convention and visitors buruea down our throat. Some councilmember who was an ad guy (sound familiar) told them they could brand the city and put heads in beds. We now have a 3 percent hospitality tax that funds a so-called convention buruea headed a politically connected former council member...and overseen by his hockey buddies...they have done absolutely nothing other than make our hotel less competitive...don't do it!

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