Southwest Florida is Booming


The Lee County Tourist Development Council held its monthly meeting on Thursday and it was nothing but good news all around. Fort Myers Beach residents have been saying for about a year that there doesn’t seem to be an off-season anymore. That’s the story all over Southwest Florida.

Here are a few stats to chew on:

The 5% bed tax collected on accommodations of 6 months or less came in at $7.7 million in January, an increase of 48% over January of 2021.

Fiscal year-to-date preliminary tourist tax collections are at $20.1 million, an increase of 52% over the same period in 2021.

During January 1.1 million passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport, an increase of 52.2% compared to January 2021.

Taking a look at the 4th quarter of 2021, the islands, beaches and neighborhoods of Fort Myers hosted more than 1.3 million visitors who spent an estimated $959 million while visiting.

Visitors staying in paid accommodations spent an estimated $755 million (79 percent of the total).

Lee County’s lodging industry experienced significant year-over-year increases in average occupancy and average daily rate, resulting in an increase in revenue per available room.

All those positive stats means only one thing: people love the state of Florida and they are coming to Southwest Florida.







  1. I would be very interested in the comments/opinions of area full time residents regarding all these tourists and the impact they have on their daily lives in our year round vacationer free- for-all.


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