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Room-Tax Returns Up 4 Percent

Room-tax returns continue to show the strength of the county’s tourism economy: They were up four percent through August compared to the same period in 2018, despite a flat July. 

Through August, the tourism zone has collected $3,534,715, with $1,060,414 going to municipalities and $2,332,912 going to the Door County Visitor Bureau to promote overnight stays. 

In those communities with more than 10,000 room nights available for the month, the largest gains came in Baileys Harbor (6.29 percent),  where the occupancy rate jumped from 68 percent in August 2018 to nearly 72 percent in 2019. 

The Town of Egg Harbor (5.82 percent), City of Sturgeon Bay (5.08 percent), Village of Egg Harbor (4.90 percent), Liberty Grove (4.74 percent), Sister Bay (4.38 percent) and Gibraltar (4.34 percent) also saw solid gains. 

Despite highway construction that disrupted traffic in Ephraim in April, May and June, collections in that village are still up 1.61 percent for the year. 

Tourism zone administrator Kim Roberts said 74 properties have yet to report for August, including some larger properties.

Countywide, total room nights filled rose from 100,764 in August 2018 to 102,966 in August 2019. That’s the first month of the season when occupied nights rose. In July there were 8,198 fewer rooms filled than in 2018, though revenues remained flat: an indication that more large groups opt for vacation rental homes over traditional lodging. 

August Room-Tax Collections 

1. Gibraltar: $163,110

2. Sister Bay: $140,030

3. Ephraim: $134,607

4. City of Sturgeon Bay: $114,886

5. Town of Egg Harbor: $102,835

6. Village of Egg Harbor: $98,565

7. Baileys Harbor: $91,082

8. Liberty Grove: $88,964

9. Sevastopol: $69,655

August Occupancy Rate

County: 74.7 

Rankings of communities with more than 10,000 nights available

1. Gibraltar: 83.3 percent

2. Ephraim: 82.2 percent

3. Sister Bay: 81.7 percent

4. Village of Egg Harbor: 76.2 percent

5. Town of Egg Harbor: 72.9 percent

6. Baileys Harbor: 71.7 percent

7. Liberty Grove: 69.6 percent

8. City of Sturgeon Bay: 69.4 percent

Year-to-Date Room-Tax Collections

Rankings of communities with more than 10,000 nights available

1. Gibraltar: $515,376

2. City of Sturgeon Bay: $456,860

3. Sister Bay: $437,184

4. Ephraim: $417,848

5. Town of Egg Harbor: $330,366

6. Village of Egg Harbor: $311,705

7. Baileys Harbor: $274,389

8. Liberty Grove: $248,679