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ST. LUCIE COUNTY - The St. Lucie County Tourist Development Council is joining other cities, states and businesses nationwide in the annual salute to travel and tourism in America, May 4 - 12.
National Travel and Tourism Week is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. The goal is to enhance the country's economy, security and perception, and to recognize the cultural, social and economic benefits created by travel and tourism.
The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation at its formal meeting at 6 p.m. on May 7 recognizing NTTW. In 2009, St. Lucie County's tourist development tax revenues fell to its lowest level in the last 10 years as a result of the nation's great recession. However, since that time, tourist tax revenues have made a significant comeback and in 2012 revenues had increased 27 percent since the peak of the recession.
The revenue is generated through the county's five-percent tourist tax that is collected on accommodations rented for six months or less. The County has more than 50 hotel/motel properties and RV sites with more than 4,000 rooms, not including private condo and home rentals.
The Annual National Travel and Tourism Week will be celebrated May 4 -12, 2013.
For more information, call (772) 462-1539.