CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2015) – The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is pleased to announce Tourist Development Tax Revenues collected during July 2015 totaled $209,339. This is up 17.7 percent compared to July 2014 which collected $177,886. To date, Fiscal Year collections (Oct. 2014 – July 2015) total $ 3,205,532 which is up 19 percent over the previous year.
“The tourism growth we experienced during the winter continued through spring and summer,” said Ms. Lorah Steiner, Director of the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, “With the July collections, we have exceeded the record for Tourist Development Tax Revenues collected in a single fiscal year. With two months remaining in the fiscal year we are on target for exceeding $3.5 million.”
Charlotte County levies a 5 percent Tourist Development Tax (TDT) on accommodation stays 6 months or less in addition to the 7 percent sales tax. The first 3 percent is spent for tourism promotion and marketing support and the fourth and fifth percent are used to fund the debt for the bond for the recent renovations at the Charlotte Sports Park.
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).
For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.
Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau