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How the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) supports Kingston’s economy

Tourism

$533 million

economic impact

4.63 million

visitors

695,731

room nights

(hotels and shared economy)

Accommodation partners collect the 4% MAT from guests

Funds are invested to grow Kingston tourism through:

Destination marketing

Major event attractions

Strategic intiatives

Product development

Advocacy – municipal, provincial & federal

Place building and community partnerships

Through place building initiatives and community partnerships – including event sponsorship – we help create experiences for residents and visitors alike to enjoy Kingston. Some of our contributions include supporting, influencing, and contributing to: 

Strategic initiatives

  • Kingston’s Integrated Destination Strategy 
  • Kingston’s Culinary Strategy  

Infrastructure Development

Sales & Marketing Support

  • Led development of Kingston’s award-winning Fresh Made Daily brand
  • Erected the highly popular and trending KINGSTON sign
  • Support for Tourism Kingston’s on-going sales and marketing efforts, and its incentive fund program 
  • Helping to bring prestige curling events to Kingston, including the Scotties 2013 and Brier 2020 winning bids
  • Support for the Kingston Film Office to attract and support media production