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.