Saturday, April 13, 2013

Tourism taxes signal record season for Palm Beach County |

Not only does this point out that the tourism economy is back, it is also a reminder that Lake Worth plays little role in it due to its lack of decent hotel facilities with amenities expected in today's marketplace.

For those with their Lake Worth "blinders" fully attached, note the glaring omission in the list of events in February credited for this record setting increase in tourism and visits to Palm Beach County.  From the article:
Bed taxes for 2013
Compared to 2012, bed taxes seeing jump
Jan 2013 $3.187 million up 28%
Feb 2013 $3.454 million up 5%
March 2013 $4.006 million up 9%
Source: Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
February events that drove tourism
FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and International Polo Club polo season/Wellington
Honda Classic/Jupiter
Allianz Championship/Boca Raton
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
Cardinals/Marlins spring training at Roger Dean Stadium/Jupiter
World Series of Poker/West Palm Beach
Two art shows at convention center/West Palm Beach
That's right.  Our signature event, the Street Painting Festival, nary gets a mention.  But we still have our potential to think about!  Click title for link.

And maybe we wouldn't have the type of clientele depicted in this other blogger's post and we could actually have tourists who pay for things and support our downtown businesses rather than rob from them.  But then we were told that we only need four stories for a hotel in that area and we shouldn't be greedy.  I guess we will wait for Laurel, Jo-Ann, Gael and Lynda to recruit just such a hotel to help solve these problems.