Counties Report: “Bed tax collections solidly up in March”

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excerpt from the Daily News article of May 9, 2011

Tourism throughout the region rebounded as tourists returned to local beaches in droves for spring break. Tourist development agencies in Okaloosa and Walton counties recently released their bed tax collection data for March, with both counties posting  solid increases. Bed tax collections were up 5.71 percent in Okaloosa County and 19.21 percent in Walton County compared to March 2010.

“Spring felt very, very good this year,” said Tracy Louthain, director of communications for the Walton County Tourist Development Council. “I think some of it was that people had not taken a beach vacation last year and there was a lot of pent-up demand — that, coupled with marketing and public relations that have been put out in the marketplace.”

Bed taxes are collected on short-term rentals. Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties use the money primarily to promote the area to potential tourists.

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