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Saratoga hotels collect record taxes for summer

Figures belie drop in track attendance

Todd Shimkus, President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce talks about the 150th anniversary season at the Saratoga Race Course that spured strong tourism leading to increase in both hotel occupancy and room rates in Saratoga during the race season. Matthew Veitch, Chairman of Racing Committee, and Saratoga County Board of Supervisors seen at left.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Todd Shimkus, President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce talks about the 150th anniversary season at the Saratoga Race Course that spured strong tourism leading to increase in both hotel occupancy and room rates in Saratoga during the race season. Matthew Veitch, Chairman of Racing Committee, and Saratoga County Board of Supervisors seen at left.
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Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County collected record hotel occupancy taxes during this summer’s tourism season, even as attendance at Saratoga Race Course declined from 2012. The statistics may show the city’s downtown has become a travel destination in its own right, local tourism officials said Tuesday. “What the community has been working on for 50 years has come true, and downtown Saratoga has become its own destination,” said Charles V. Wait, president of the Adirondack ...


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