Tourists spent a record $4.7 billion in PBC in 2017


Tourists and other out-of-town travelers spent a record-breaking $4.7 billion in Palm Beach County in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year of visitor spending growth, county tourism leaders said.

Visitor spending grew by 2 percent last year, shattering 2016’s 

record high of $4.6 billion, according to Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing arm.

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“We’re pleased to see eight years in a row of strong growth in visitor spending,” said Jorge Pesquera, Discover’s President and CEO. “The increase continues to spur more economic growth for Palm Beach County, which is a tremendous benefit to the tourism community and all residents.”

RELATED: Record-breaking 7.9 million tourists visited PBC in 2017

The county saw a 7.9 percent increase in domestic travelers in 2017, a jump buoyed largely by an uptick in visitors from New York, Washington, D.C., and other parts of Florida. Tourism officials partially attributed the increase in D.C.-area tourists to the opening of The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches, the spring training complex for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. 

Roughly 745,000 international travelers came to the county in 2017, an increase of less than 1 percent, according to Discover. 

In all, the county's hotels had 4.6 million nightly bookings in 2017, a 4.9 percent increase from the previous year.


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