Bed tax, Lodging and Employment data
Importance of Tourism to the Economy
Tourism is a vital component of the economic health of many regions along the Gulf of Mexico. Tourist spending has a direct impact on area sales levels, employment numbers, labor income, and tax revenues. For example, VisitFlorida.org reports that for every 85 tourists one job is created in Florida. Northwest Florida (from Escambia County to Franklin County) typically receives nearly 15% of all Florida visitors. With 105 million visitors statewide in 2015, this translates into nearly 16 million visitors to the region annually.
Bed Tax Collections
The tourist development, or bed tax, is collected on all short term rentals of six months or lessCollections Data
The tourism industry provides employment in many sectors of the economyEmployment Data
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is in charge of licensing lodging units throughout the state.Lodging Units
VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, serves as Florida's official source for travel planning to visitors across the globe. As the state's number one industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 97.3 million visitors in 2014 who spent $82 billion, generating 23 percent of the state's sales tax revenue and employing over 1.1 million Floridians.