COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We're calling it our grand slam year."
Collier County tourism is booming. In fact, experts tell WINK News 2013 was the best year in the history of the county.
"Visitation we had 1.6 million visitors to the area, they were spending at least one night in paid lodging here in Collier County, spending topped 1.6 billion dollars. For the entire year? For the entire year."
Jack Wert, the Executive Director of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau said destination marketing and cold weather up north played the biggest roles in last year's success.
"Tough winter last year, another tough winter this year think it drove a lot of people from the northeast and the midwest down here for the first time."
In Downtown Naples, the seafood restaurant Truluck's tells WINK News it saw pre-recession revenue.
"It was very nice to see our sales come back at that amount," said Rick Rinella. "And we stayed totally busy until probably last week."
Another success story, two Ritz Carlton properties in Collier. The resort on Vanderbilt Beach said it had a record year even after being closed for a while for renovations.
"Our occupancy was the highest we've ever had and our revenues were the same."
Everyone I spoke to agrees, it's already shaping up to be another record year in 2014.