Southwest Florida is Booming

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  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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