Mike Testa of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau said hotel executives are talking about a 2 to 3 percent assessment on guests' bills. Some of the money would go to boosting the bureau's marketing budget, which has been depleted in recent years. The rest, as much as $1 million a year, would go to the new arena, he said.
The hotels' contribution would make up a relatively small part of the arena financing package. City officials are counting on a plan to partially privatize city-owned parking places to raise roughly half of the $387 million needed to build an arena. In any event, city officials are trying to put a financing plan in place by the March 1 deadline set by the NBA, or risk having the Sacramento Kings leave town.