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Crystal Bridges Visitors Fill Bentonville Coffers

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BENTONVILLE – Officials in Bentonville say hotel and restaurant tax collections have increased sharply as more people visit the city to tour the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau says hotel tax receipts were up 23 percent in November. That’s when the museum, created by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, opened.

The Benton County Daily Record reports that the restaurant tax collections in November were up 12 percent from the year before. It’s the largest November total since the Bentonville Advertising and Promotion Commission started collecting the data seven years ago.

Officials say more than 120,000 people have visited the museum in its first 100 days.

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