As tourism leaders prepare to celebrate a week of all that is tourism, the Palm Beaches are winding down from what appears to have been a blockbuster season.
Taxes on hotel stays, known as bed taxes, probably rang up at $4 million for both February and March, the first time Palm Beach County has seen that benchmark back-to-back in one season. An early Easter contributed, but clearly a recovering economy is helping people spend more when they travel, and local hotels have been able to boost room rates because of it.
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The Boca Raton school hosted the 2012 presidential debate in October, bringing hundreds of national and international media outlets to south Palm Beach County and the eyes of the nation for the final debate during a heated campaign.
It was estimated to add $13 million in immediate economic impact to the county, and the publicity value to Lynn and the entire area is estimated at $63 million.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
The Wellington facility hosts nearly four months of competition each winter bringing luxury tourists and local entertainment. It was the 10th season for the facility.
With 16 teams and 240 games during the season, polo is estimated to bring a $20 million economic impact to the area.
The Honda Classic
The Palm Beach Gardens golf tournament incorporates charity into the weeklong event, whose economic impact is estimated at $43 million.
More than 168,000 spectators on site and 27 hours of TV broadcast means exposure in 250 different countries for Palm Beach County.