|Published:||Aug 15, 2010 2:52 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 14, 2010 9:45 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.-- Looking for a room at a Lee County Hotel? You're in luck, but the tourism industry isn't.
The area saw 11.2% fewer visitors in June.
That translates to a $34,000 drop in bed tax collections.
"The overall numbers have been down, especially for June," says Anthony Montoya of the Sandpiper Gulf Resort. "I think the misconception that the public has about the oil spill itself has really affected more reservation dollars."
That has hotel managers like Montoya scrambling to boost business.
"We've been listing deals and doing a lot of buy three, get one free," says Montoya.
The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau is considering filing a claim against BP, but it's weighing its options first.
" We want to be very carefully about what we do," says Judith Durant, Director of Visitor Services for Lee County. "We want to protect what's important to our partners, which is recouping money that they've lost due to this unfortunate oil spill."
Analysts will review the first again before formally submitting a claim. They will also look over the July numbers to see if a second claim is needed.