CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (November 26, 2013) – Today the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau announced Tourist Development Tax Revenues collected during Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) totaled $2,533,627 which is up 6 percent over Fiscal Year 2011-2012 ($2,460,928). Since the Bureau’s inception in 1997, this is the most TDT Revenues Charlotte County has collected in one Fiscal Year.

Each month the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau receives hotel data which compares Charlotte County occupancy levels, average room rate and room revenue to 11 Florida destinations including Daytona Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Fort Myers, Naples, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. With the exception of Naples and Key West, Charlotte County exceeded all other reporting destinations in occupancy growth for August. The increase in average rate exceeded all destinations except Orlando.

“Our increase in revenue per room, one of the most important indicators of a hotel’s financial health, exceeded all destinations except Key West. Our percentage increase in revenue over August of 2012 exceeded all destinations except Key West,” said Lorah Steiner, Director of the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Looking to the upcoming year Steiner added, “September numbers show a continuing upward trend with tourism development tax revenue up more than 15 percent over the previous record year. As August and September are traditionally two of our low-occupancy months, this bodes well for the upcoming season.”

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, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers a pristine unspoiled beauty that has served as the backdrop for seven major feature films as well as countless memorable vacations. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named to 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.” The city of Punta Gorda was named in one of “Top Ten Places to Retire Healthy” by U.S. News & World Report. Englewood was named as #2 of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by

For information about other area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104, Port Charlotte, FL 33948; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide; or visit the Web site at

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Jennifer Huber
Tourism Public Relations Manager
Tel: (941) 743-1900
& Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-743-2245