2023: A record year for Wake County’s tourism tax collections

Visit Raleigh’s year-end Wake County Tourism Industry Report shows 2023 as the highest recorded year for tourism tax collections.

A rendering of a hotel coming soon to Raleigh.

The Omni Raleigh Hotel, expected to open in 2027, will add 550 guest rooms to downtown.

Rendering provided by Omni Hotels + Visit Raleigh

Visit Raleigh released its year-end Wake County Tourism Industry Report, revealing 2023 as the highest year on record for tourism tax collections. Here are a few highlights for the 2023 calendar year:

  • Hotel lodging tax collections added up to more than $38 million, up $5.1 million over 2022.
  • Prepared food + bev tax collections totaled $44.6 million, an increase of $3.8 million over 2022.
  • Both hotel lodging and prepared food + bev tax collections were the highest year on record, totaling 12.13% higher than 2022.
  • Visit Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance hosted 367 events which brought nearly 629,000 visitors to the area.

Bonus: There are multiple downtown developments that will soon aid our growing tourism industry like the Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility and The Omni Raleigh Hotel.

Read the full Visit Raleigh report.