St. Lucie Celebrates National Tourism Week May 2-10
National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. Communities across America celebrate each year to shine a light on what travel means to jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.
St. Lucie County experienced a 16 percent increase in tourist tax revenue for the 2013-2014 budget year, compared to the previous year. The collections set an all-time high bringing in more than $3 million in tax revenue.
“We have so much to celebrate in St. Lucie County when it comes to tourism this year. The county’s tourism activity is better than ever and is continuing upward. I really believe our local tourism-related businesses are reaping the benefits,” stated Charlotte Bireley, manager of Tourism & Venues for St. Lucie County.
Tourism is the State of Florida’s number one industry, 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 more than 1.1 million Floridians, according to Visit Florida.
The U.S. Travel Association reports that national figures are equally remarkable:
- $2.1 trillion in economic output and $927.9 billion in direct travel-related spending in the U.S. by domestic and international travelers in 2014.
- $141.5 billion generated in federal, state and local tax revenues in 2014.
- 15 million American jobs supported—8 million direct tourism jobs and 7 million indirect and induced jobs.
“I am fortunate to have worked in the travel industry for 20 plus years,” said Michelle MacNichol, Tourist Development Council member and owner of Perfect Drive Golf Villas in PGA Village, Port St. Lucie. “It has helped my community immensely because of the tax revenue it generates and the large number of jobs that are touched by the economic activity visitors bring. That’s what Tourism Week is all about.”
Activities surrounding St. Lucie County’s recognition of travel and tourism week include a kick-off breakfast at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday, May 1 and a Tourism Showcase at the Havert L. Fenn Center on Wednesday, May 27 from 5 - 7 p.m. The tourism showcase is hosted in partnership with the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and is free and open to the public. The event will feature displays from many of the local tourism-related businesses and will give residents the opportunity to learn about all the unique and exciting things to do in the area – and what makes St. Lucie County and its cities a desirable tourist destination.
“It’s an interactive, one-stop shop for tourist information – but geared to our local residents. And it’s a great way to show our residents know what an awesome place we live in,” added Bireley.
For more information call Charlotte Bireley at 772-462-1539 or email email@example.com.