Palm Beach County is on track for the first time to collect $4 million in tourism taxes in back-to-back months.
Bed taxes, as a 5 percent tourism tax on hotel rooms and other lodging stays is called, were $4 million in February for only the third time, according to Tourist Development Council data. The last time was March 2012. The first time was March 2007.
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Bed taxes for 2013
Compared to 2012, bed taxes seeing jump
Jan 2013 $3.187 million up 28%
Feb 2013 $3.454 million up 5%
March 2013 $4.006 million up 9%
Source: Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council
February events that drove tourism
FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and International Polo Club polo season/Wellington
Allianz Championship/Boca Raton
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
Cardinals/Marlins spring training at Roger Dean Stadium/Jupiter
World Series of Poker/West Palm Beach
Two art shows at convention center/West Palm Beach