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Published on : Saturday, May 20, 2017
As per 2017 tax revenues, the free global publicity from President Donald Trump’s frequent Palm Beach visits created massive enhancement in local tourism so far. Money from tourist taxes on Palm Beach County hotel stays faces a slump by 2 to 3 percent during February and March. This was the time when Trump made his first few post-inauguration visits to Mar-a-Lago.
That’s about $300,000 less in tax revenues used to pay for everything starting right from advertising local sightseeings to renovating and recreating already eroded beaches. To quote Paulette Burdick, County Mayor “We couldn’t buy that kind of media attention. But time will tell if any true benefits will be measured.”
However, ever since the start of 2017, Palm Beach County hotels have noticed a slight uptick in occupancy rates, although the average room prices curved in a little, as per the STR, a Tennessee-based hotel industry tracker. The fleet of White House staffers, Secret Service and other government employees who go after the president to Palm Beach are excused from paying those taxes on hotel stays could be a partial reason for the mixed results.
At times they receive government room rates at subsidized-price. Regardless of a sluggish start, local leaders say there should be a lasting enhancement in tourism from the international media attention that Trump’s visits attract.
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