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Visitor spending surges in Southwest Florida

…even as area recovers from Ian.

Laura Layden | Naples Daily News | November 30, 2022

Visitor spending has soared in Southwest Florida this year.

In the fiscal year ending in September, Collier County collected nearly $47.5 million in tourist taxes — or bed taxes — alone.

That’s 59% — or about $17.6 million — more than the county’s tourism bureau budgeted.

In the prior year collections, charged on overnight stays, came in at $36.2 million, so they grew by more than $11 million.

Lee County also brought in record tourist taxes in fiscal 2022.

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