|Published:||Oct 31, 2013 9:16 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 31, 2013 10:38 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "Everything seems to be back."
This isn't a rebuilding year for Collier County. In fact, some say it's the best year yet.
"Occupancy close to 80 percent, record revenues," said Ron Vuy, general manager of La Playa Beach Resort.
"People were here year round, our summer was incredibly busy," said Jackie Macdonell, manager of the Blue Mussel.
"We have a billion dollar industry right here in Collier County," said Jack Wert.
Jack Wert, who heads up the Collier County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, said everyone who spends money helps residents pay less.
"Last year, the savings to our area residents was nearly 800 dollars in taxes that they would have had to pay if we did not have those visitors coming to the area," said Wert.
Even during the typically slow summer months, the Blue Mussel on Fifth Avenue had to order more merchandise and bring in more staff.
"We were open later hours, business in the evening was very, very busy," said Macdonell.
From real estate picking up to more Europeans visiting the area, Wert expects another record season.
"Probably in the area of 1.4, 1.5 billion dollars in economic impact just from visitors who spend at least one night in paid accommodations here."
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