MAYVILLE – The tourism economy in Chautauqua County seemed to rebound last year, with local leaders announcing an all-time record occupancy tax collection.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel’s Office announced Wednesday that 2021 occupancy tax revenues exceeded expectations by nearly 40 percent with revenues exceeding budget by more than $500,000. Additionally, revenues exceeded 2019 levels, before the pandemic, by over five percent.
“The fact that Chautauqua County experienced record visitation in 2021, as visitation across the state declined overall, is a testament to our incredible tourism offerings and outdoor recreational amenities,” said Wendel in a statement. “I applaud the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and other tourism partners for their efforts in promoting these assets, and the tourism-related businesses and attractions for their steadfastness.”
The rebound in visitation, Wendel says, is attributed to Chautauqua County’s diverse tourism assets and the recognized safety of our rural destination.
Additionally, a 2020 agreement with Airbnb to facilitate their direct collection of occupancy tax payments from each short-term rental venue, which officials say helped overall enforcement efforts.