Tourism surge in Indian River brings $1 million more in bed-tax revenue

Indian River County's tourism officials plan to use tourism dollars to attract more visitors to the county's beaches.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – If it seems like hotels, restaurants, and shops have been more than normal this year, you’re right.

It was a stellar year for Indian River County’s tourism, with tourism development tax generating more than $ 1 million above projections.

For 2020-21, the county coffers received an additional $ 1.1 million, or 36.1% more than expected.

“Tourism tax revenue accumulated during fiscal year 20-21 is an all-time record,” said Budget Manager Kristin Daniels. ‚ÄúDespite the ongoing pandemic and the rise of the Delta variant during the summer months, Indian River County amassed $ 3,641,578 in tourist tax revenue. This surpassed prior year collections by nearly $ 1 million and pre-pandemic levels in fiscal 2018-2019 by $ 700,000. “

Tourism tax revenue is also $ 965,000, or 36% more than it was in 2019-20.

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