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Ogden Sees Increase in Tourists



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- More tourists are visiting Ogden in the summer. Weber County comptroller Dan Olsen says the proof is in the hotel room tax collections.

Olsen says the numbers are up about 5 percent this year compared to last summer.

That figure doesn't include a room tax rate increase of nearly 37 percent that took effect January 1. With the higher rate, collections are up almost 43 percent this year.

Tourism officials say people are visiting Ogden for events such as the Ogden Marathon, Xterra Games and the Ogden Valley Balloon Festival.

Ogden-Weber Convention and Visitors Bureau president Mike Caldwell says the tourism growth has been helped by more money from the state for marketing, among other things.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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