County Board Approves Increase in Transient Occupancy Tax

Published on May 14, 2016

  • Increase will yield $1.25 million for travel and tourism promotion

  • Move follows action by Virginia General Assembly

  • Takes effect July 1

The Arlington County Board today approved an increase of 0.25 percent in the transient occupancy tax charged for hotel rooms in Arlington, which will yield approximately $1.25 million in revenue for travel and tourism promotion in the County in Fiscal Year 2017.

"For five years, Arlington and our business community have fought to reinstate this guest-paid tax dedicated to tourism promotion," Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey said. "This year, our General Assembly delegation, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Board members -- particularly John Vihstadt  -- worked together and made it happen. This bi-partisan effort will give us additional revenue to promote travel and tourism in Arlington, creating economic benefit not only for our community, but the entire state."

The Board voted unanimously to amend the County Code to add the 0.25 percent increase in the transient occupancy tax. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item No. 20.

In FY 2017, which begins July 1, the County plans to use the additional revenue to add two limited-term positions to the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (a division within Arlington Economic Development) and for new trade and promotion activities, including updated market research, a new StayArlington website, expanded marketing resources, and extensive sales and public relations initiatives directed at domestic and international travel trade organizations, consumers and media.

"Richmond's action shows that state lawmakers know Arlington is open for business," Board Member Vihstadt said.


In 2014, tourism in Arlington resulted in more than $80 million in total tax revenue to the County and $108 million in state taxes, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Learn more about travel and tourism in Arlington.