Orange County tourism tax dollar collections take slight dip in April compared to March
While the total number of monthly tax collections from hotel and resort stays in Orange County are higher than they were this time last year, the total number of tourism tax dollars collected in April was slightly lower than the number collected in March, according to the latest report from the Orange County Comptroller’s Office.
Orange County tourism taxes down 59% in December compared to 2019
On Monday, Comptroller Phil Diamond shared December’s intake was more than $10.5 million, a 59% drop from December 2019. Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced today that TDT collections received by Orange County for the December 2020 TDT collection month were $10,592,000. On the same day December’s collections report was released, Orange County reported 418 new COVID-19 cases. More than 106,000 cases have been confirmed in Orange County since the pandemic began last year. According to Monday’s daily vaccine report from the Florida Department of Health, 2,016,291 people have been vaccinated statewide, including more than 97,000 in Orange County.
Orange County tourism tax dollars down 66% in November but slow rebound continues
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County tax collections from hotel and resort stays continued to be at historic lows through the end of 2020 due to the pandemic as COVID-19 infections are on the rise country wide, according to an update from the County Comptroller’s office. Tourism Development Taxes, or TDT dollars, are released a month after the completed tax period. The county has continued to see a month over month improvement in TDT collections since the initial fallout in April when the lockdown began. In October, collections were down 69% compared to the same time last year with $7.7 million in TDT dollars. So far the county has used $93.5 million in reserves since April.
Orange County comptroller sees signs of hope after September hotel stays bring in $7 million
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County’s comptroller, Phil Diamond, said the tourist development tax dollars from hotel and resort stays around the county continue to go up after the initial plunge this spring due to coronavirus closures. Diamond announced Monday the September numbers further the trend of increasing collections every month since April. He said the county brought in TDT collections totaling more than $7 million for the month of September. [TRENDING: Eta drenches Florida | 2 killed in Orange County crash | Biden names COVID-19 task force]Diamond said that’s a 60% decrease from the same time last year but he added, in looking at the numbers, there are signs of hope. When you compare September, which is just over $7 million, to the more than $5.7 million in TDT dollars in August of 2020, that’s an increase of over 22%.
Will June Orange County hotel tax dollars show improvement?
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Its that time again, to see if Orange Countys tourism industry has begun to recovery from the financial fallout due to the coronavirus shuttering theme parks and hotels across Florida. Orange Countys tourism development tax collection, or TDT, are collected from hotel and resort stays and go toward tourism-related projects including the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Orange County Convention Center and more. When the theme parks closed in March, hotel stays across the region dropped dramatically to post Sept. 11, 2001 levels. In June, most theme parks began to reopen in a limited capacity leading to more area hotel stays. On Thursday, the Orange County Comptrollers Office will release the TDT numbers for June giving a better indication of where the tourism industry stands in Central Florida.
Orange Countys tourism taxes down 95% in May, a minor improvement form April
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. The latest tourist tax collection numbers are in and while they arent as low as last months, they still dont look good. Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced Wednesday during a news conference that the May 2020 TDT collection totaled $1,144,300, which is a 95% decrease from May 2019. TDT refers to the tax collected from hotel, motel and resort stays in Orange County, also known as a hotel bed tax. [PREVIOUS: Orange Countys tourist tax collection drops 97% to new record low amid coronavirus closures]Diamond said Aprils collection was the smallest amount of TDT the county had ever collected in one month. Diamond said the TDT tax typically pays for projects that attract visitors to the region.
Volusia County hotel bed tax sees nearly 80% drop amid coronavirus closures
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Central Floridas tourism economy has suffered mightily due to the coronavirus, causing huge downfalls in tourism tax dollars, otherwise known as tourist development tax collected from hotel and vacation rental stays. The Volusia County Revenue Division reported a nearly 80% drop in tourist development tax, or TDT, dollars in April. Compared to April 2019, which saw $1.1 million in tourist development tax revenue, this April only brought in $239,943. The county began to see the fallout from coronavirus closures in March when the county reported $1,024,406 in TDT dollars, compared to nearly $1.6 million from the same time last year. Similarly in Orange County, Comptroller Phil Diamond reported a record 97% drop in revenue from tourism tax dollars in April.