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(AJC) — Increased convention traffic this year has pushed hotel/motel tax collections up 10 percent over 2009, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says.

To date, the city has collected about $20.9 million in the hotel/motel tax, said Gregory Pierce, ACVB executive vice president and chief financial officer. Hotel/motel taxes are a key revenue source for organizations that bring convention and visitor traffic to Atlanta.

The hotel/motel increase should remain strong through the end of the year, especially since hotel occupancy in July climbed above 70 percent for the first time since 2008.

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