Welcoming the figures, DTPB’s President & CEO Jorge Pesquera said the local tourism industry supports 70,000 jobs, contributing an economic impact of more than $7 billion to Palm Beach County.
“We’re pleased to see eight years in a row of strong growth in visitor spending,” said Pesquera. “The increase continues to spur more economic growth for Palm Beach County, which is a tremendous benefit to the tourism community and all residents.”
Although international spending declined, domestic markets increased in spending year-over-year by 6 percent. Top growth markets were New York (+8 percent), Washington, D.C. (+11 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent) and Detroit (+11 percent).