Cost of a hotel room in Jefferson Parish could be going up a little to help with tourist promotion efforts.
The Louisiana Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a measure allowing the new assessment. Now all that’s needed is Gov. Bobby Jindal signature.
Jefferson would join neighboring Orleans Parish with the authority for hotels to assess a fee of up to 1.75 percent of the daily room rate. Proceeds would go to tourism generating efforts, including an increased advertising and marketing campaign.
Senate Bill 169 allows Jefferson’s tourism and convention bureau to put together a group of hotels that would agree to impose the fee.
“There are 75 eligible hotels and motels in Jefferson Parish that would get together and vote and those participants would be assessed up to that 1.75 percent,” said bill sponsor Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie.
Two-thirds of the bureau’s members would have to agree before the surcharge could be implemented.
The Senate voted 36-1 to accept House changes which capped the fee at 1.75 percent -- like Orleans -- and made the tourism organization levying the assessment subject to audit by the state legislative auditor.
Orleans legislators -- led by state Sen. Ed Murray -- won approval for a similar assessment in 2013.