Published on : Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Even if Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins wrap up their baseball spring training and head unit by the end of this month, the profitable Lee County’s sports tourism industry does not get affected whatsoever.
Filling scores of hotel rooms, food joints and restaurants and shops even in off season, amateur softball, baseball, basketball, and soccer and swimming have become the foundation of this place.
As per the Lee County Sports Development reports, almost $67.1 million in direct visitor spending which is accounted to a 9 percent increase over 2015, and the highest in the agency’s 13 year old history. Total 139 events hosted, as per Sports Development record.
Lodgings totaling 157,079 room nights, just 1.5 percent shy of the record set in 2014. To quote Mielke, ‘’ Room nights typically have been our measuring stick, with 2014 our benchmark year.’’ Mielke also said that slightly higher room rents for the hotel increased visitor spending. 2017 has the power to meet or supersede last year’s performance. With some marvelous events lined up like figure skating and others, 2018 has the possibility of becoming the best year along with those coveted room nights.
Increase in room nights not only enhances bed tax revenues, they are equally great for restaurants, shops and other attractions.