Numbers rising, TDC enters season

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM.

In baseball parlance, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council enters the regular season off an excellent spring training.

With bed tax revenue continuing its climb in February, the TDC advisory council held its regular monthly meeting last week as a spring promotion gathered steam and peak of the season looms.

The revenue numbers from February maintained a positive winter trend.

February bed tax revenue grew 18 percent over the same month last year and follows monthly increases of 3.48 percent in January, 48 percent in December – went some tax collectors were still reporting quarterly – and 6.8 percent in November.

Year to date, year over year, revenue has climbed 7.8 percent.

The goal for this year is 20 percent over the prior fiscal year and the county’s tourist season is only now starting to pick up in earnest.

“We are pacing well,” said TDC executive director Jennifer Jenkins. “We clearly have room for growth. We are reporting monthly so these are accurate.”

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